The Lord-Lieutenant is Her Majesty The Queen’s personal representative in the county. The present Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire is The Dowager Countess of Darnley CVO. She was appointed in October 2008. Lady Darnley represents Her Majesty at events in the county and is responsible for the preparation of programmes for Royal Visits to Herefordshire, for the presentation of awards to organisations ( The Queen’s Award for Enterprise and for Voluntary Service) and to individuals, e.g. The British Empire Medal, as well as advising on Honours Nominations.
The post of Lord-Lieutenant is non-political and is unpaid. The Lord-Lieutenant appoints Deputy-Lieutenants to support her in the County, and appoints one of these as the Vice Lord-Lieutenant. Collectively they are referred to as the Lieutenancy. The age of retirement is 75 years.
Lady Darnley has lived and farmed in Herefordshire with her husband, The Earl of Darnley, since 1984. She served as a magistrate for 28 years, when she was particularly involved with the Family Panel, and was Chairman of Hereford and Worcester Probation Committee. She is a member of the Cathedral Council, Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod.
Lady Darnley seeks to follow the example of The Queen and other members of the Royal family by encouraging and supporting local units of the Armed Forces, and cadets, other uniformed organisations, the business, industrial and social life of the county, the voluntary organisations that are so strong in Herefordshire, and all those providing education across the County.