Badges, Uniform and Etiquette

Badges, Uniform & Etiquette

Deputy Lieutenant in uniform


There is not an official uniform for female Lord-Lieutenants but, on formal occasions, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant and some male Deputy Lieutenants will wear a uniform which is based on a General Officer in the Army’s No 1 Dress.  It serves as a symbol of the role’s military origins.  You can discover who the Deputies are by clicking here. They come from all parts of the County and you can see which local government area Deputies are in by clicking here


In plain clothes, a male Deputy Lieutenant may wear a neck badge, when representing The Lord-Lieutenant.

Female Deputy Lieutenants do not have an official uniform, when representing The Lord-Lieutenant they will wear a badge on a Court Bow.

Male Deputy Lieutenant Badge
Male Deputy Lieutenant Badge
Female Deputy Lieutenant Badge
Female Deputy Lieutenant Badge


The Lord-Lieutenant is The Queen’s personal representative within Kent and should be accorded the same etiquette and protocol, as any member of the Royal Family, when she is attending any event in Kent in her official capacity.

Where the Lord-Lieutenant is unable to attend she may be represented by her Vice Lord-Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant, where the same etiquette and protocol should be followed.

Correct Form of Address and Salutation

Form of Address:   Initially, “Lord-Lieutenant” followed by “Ma’am” subsequently, unless asked to do otherwise.

Written address:  The Lady Colgrain, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent

Salutation:    Dear Lord-Lieutenant,

Further queries on Etiquette and Protocol should be referred to the Deputy Clerk to the Lieutenancy.