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Royal visits, garden parties, protocol and contact details

Attendance at Royal Garden Parties

Each year, the Lord-Lieutenant is asked to nominate a number of Hertfordshire residents to receive an invitation to one of the Royal Garden Parties hosted by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace. 

Names must be submitted using the general nomination form to the Lieutenancy Office by the end of October at the latest for inclusion in the list for the following year. The Lieutenancy is unable to accept nominations unless details of the nominee's verified voluntary work and full home address are included. The Lord-Lieutenant considers all nominations in November/December for submission to the Buckingham Palace Garden Party Office in January and precedence is given to Hertfordshire residents.


The Lord Lieutenant represents Her Majesty The Queen. When the Lord Lieutenant is attending an event in his official capacity in his own county, he should be received with the same degree of etiquette and protocol as any member of the Royal Family. Where the Lord Lieutenant is unable to attend and he is represented by his Vice Lord Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant, the same etiquette and protocol should be followed. The Lord Lieutenant or his deputy should be met on arrival by the host and escorted throughout the event/visit.

The correct form of address for the Lord Lieutenant 

Written: Robert Voss Esq CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire

Salutation: Dear Mr Voss or Dear Lord-Lieutenant 

In a Speech: In the preamble, the Lord Lieutenant should be referred to as 'Lord Lieutenant'. A speech might begin 'Lord Lieutenant, Ladies and Gentlemen...' 

Conversation: Mr Voss should initially be addressed as 'Lord-Lieutenant' and thereafter as Mr Voss.

If the Lord Lieutenant is represented by the Vice Lord Lieutenant or a Deputy, the above etiquette should be adapted accordingly ie 'Dear Vice Lord Lieutenant', Dear Deputy Lieutenant'. A speech might begin 'Vice Lord Lieutenant, Ladies and Gentlemen...' or 'Deputy Lieutenant...' 

Church services and seating 

At funerals, the Lord Lieutenant or his representative (unless attending in a personal capacity) always enters the church last (two minutes before the start of the service and before the coffin) and always leaves straight after the family. For other church services, the Lord Lieutenant or his representative enters last and leaves first. The usual arrangement is for the Lord Lieutenant to be seated at the front of the nave on the south side. For funerals, if the family is on the south side, the Lord Lieutenant sits on the north side at the front and on the aisle edge. 

Seating in general 

At other functions, the Lord Lieutenant should be seated in the same place as you would seat a member of the Royal Family - as the principal guest. 

Issues relating to protocol and precedence can be clarified in consultation with the Lord Lieutenant's office. 

Contact details 


Telephone: 01992 556582 

Susan Wright
Assistant Clerk to the Lord Lieutenant
County Hall
SG13 8DE

Royal visits

The Pitch@Palace 8.0 Boot Camp

His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, was at HULT International Business School, Ashridge, on 10 October 2017, where he hosted The Pitch@Palace 8.0 Boot Camp.  The Lord-Lieutenant was in attendance (and assisted with the judging), accompanied by Lionel Wallace DL.  A number of local business were represented at the Bootcamp and Cadets from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force and 1239 (Broxbourne & Hoddesdon) Sqn ATC were present complete with drums which they used most effectively to sound the end of each three minute Pitch.

42 Entrepreneurs took part in this stimulating Boot Camp programme.  Each delivered a three minute Pitch to an audience of Supporters and Elevators and twelve were selected to Pitch at Pitch@Palace 8.0, at St James’s Palace on 1 November 2017.

The Entrepreneurs received advice from Facebook on how to maximise their reach in social channels, including to promote the People’s Choice Award.  Keynote speeches were given by Ahmad Ashkar, Founder HULT Prize, Mukal Kumar, Chief Innovation Officer, HULT, and John Neal, Head of Coach Development, England and Wales Cricket Board.

Princess Helena College, Hitchin

On Tuesday 28 March 2017, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Gloucester, visited Princess Helena College near Hitchin. Her Royal Highness visited the Rose Garden (which is currently undergoing significant restoration) where she planted a standard rose in the central bed.  She then went on to formally open the Heritage Wall which was created and managed by a group of Year 10 girls. The school will be celebrating its bicentenary in 2020 and the Heritage Wall is part of the countdown to this event.

Her Royal Highness then visited the Old Hall where she unveiled the Foundation Stone for the School’s new Performing Arts Centre.

During the visit, Her Royal Highness had the opportunity to speak with many of the pupils and asked them questions about their plans for the future.

Mrs Sally Burton DL was in attendance.

Yavneh College, Borehamwood

On Wednesday 1 February 2017, His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, attended a Jewish Community event at Yavneh College in Borehamwood.  The Chief Rabbi was also present at the event and both he and His Royal Highness were escorted on a tour of the school by the Headteacher. 

His Royal Highness was given the opportunity to meet with teachers and pupils and watch them undertaking some creative activities. During the tour six Duke of Edinburgh Award pupils were presented to His Royal Highness. Before departing, His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque in the Sports Hall commemorating his visit. 

The Lord Lieutenant was in attendance.