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Welcome to the Website of the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy.


Find out about the Lord Lieutenant, Vice Lord Lieutenant, Deputies, and former Deputuies.



Learn about the Honours system and the Freement of the Metropolitan Boroughs


Royal Family

Greater Manchester has been fortunate to welcome a number of Royal visitors throughout the County over the past few years


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Find out how the Lieutenancy can help you or your organisation



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How is a Lord-Lieutenant Appointed?

Lord-Lieutenants are Her Majesty’s representatives in the county and as such must uphold the dignity of the Crown. Essentially non-political, the Lord-Lieutenant’s role is a varied one in the community of which the ceremonial aspect is only one part. Lord-Lieutenants give their time to the office voluntarily. Aside from royal duties, Lord-Lieutenants generally promote and encourage voluntary and charitable organisations, and take an interest in the business, urban and rural and social life of the county. Lord-Lieutenants have wide discretion in how they carry out the tasks expected of them and in those they choose to undertake.

As a first step of appointing a Lord-lieutenant, a list is prepared of the individuals and bodies whose views should be established. They are then consulted as a key element of the selection process. In England, the process of consultation is carried out by the Head of Honours and Appointments Secretariat in the Cabinet Office. Normally, this individual will write to most of the individuals/groups in the list and spend two or three days in the county having face to face discussions with some individuals who may have particularly relevant knowledge. The results of the consultation are reported to the Prime Minister for consideration. The Prime Minister makes the eventual recommendation to The Queen.

A protocol for the appointment process can be found at the following link: