Welcome to the website of the

Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear

The main duties of the Lord-Lieutenant are to:

Arrange visits by members of the Royal Family and to escort Royal visitors

Represent The Queen, including duties with the armed forces and presenting certain honours, medals and awards.

Liaise with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated Cadet Forces

Assess nominations for honour, both personal and for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and to encourage nominations for both

Chair the local Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace, in liaison with the Ministry of Justice

Swear in new magistrates



The office of the Lord-Lieutenant was created by Henry VIII and originally a military role. The Lord-Lieutenant was responsible for keeping order and managing local defence through military resources.
In 1569, Lord-Lieutenants were given the opportunity to appoint deputies.


Lord-Lieutenants now no longer have direct military responsibility, but the traditional links with the armed forces have remained through the association with the Volunteer Reserve Forces.



Lord-Lieutenants also have a connection with other uniformed organisations such as the police, fire and ambulance services and a wider role in the community working with voluntary organisations.


Lord-Lieutenants have always had an association with - and a close link to - the magistracy. Until the 19th century they appointed the Clerk of the Peace.

The current Lord-Lieutenant is still chairman of the regional Advisory Committee and Keeper of the Rolls.