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Frequently asked questions


How do I address the Lord-Lieutenant?
The correct form of address for the Lord-Lieutenant is:

Written: Mr Michael More-Molyneux, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey

Salutation: Dear Lord-Lieutenant, or Dear Mr More-Molyneux 

In a speech preamble: My Lord-Lieutenant

Conversation: On formal occasions – Lord-Lieutenant, or Mr More-Molyneux

How long does the Lord-Lieutenant's appointment last?
The appointment is not for a fixed period. 

A Lord-Lieutenant serves until his or her 75th Birthday.

How does one get appointed as a Lord-Lieutenant? 
The Sovereign, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, appoints Lord-Lieutenants. The opinions of a wide range of citizens in the county are taken before the Prime Minister advises The Queen on possible appointees.

Who is eligible for appointment as a Lord-Lieutenant? 
Any person who is resident in the county is eligible for appointment as Lord-Lieutenant.

How much is the Lord-Lieutenant paid? 
The Lord-Lieutenant is not paid.

How can I arrange a royal visit?
To find out how to extend an invitation from your organisation, please refer to Guide to Royal Visits. There, you will find a link to the Deputy Clerk to the Lieutenancy, Caroline Breckell, who will be pleased to offer you advice. It is the Lieutenancy Office that liaises with Buckingham Palace, the Private Office of the prospective Royal visitor and the host organisation. Further information about inviting a member of the royal family to an event is available on the British Monarchy website.

How should I address Members of the Royal Family? 
For The Queen: Your Majesty on the first occasion and Ma'am thereafter. Other female members of the Royal family who hold the title Her Royal Highness: Your Royal Highness on the first occasion and then Ma'am. 

For male members of the Royal Family who hold the title His Royal Highness: Your Royal Highness on the first occasion and Sir thereafter.

See also Guide to Royal Visits in Surrey. 

How can I nominate someone for an honour?
The honours system recognises people of outstanding merit, and those who have committed themselves to service to the nation and to their communities.  You can submit a nomination at any time. Find out more about the honours process by clicking here. Or you can nominate someone for an award at

How can I apply for, or nominate, an organisation for a Queen's Award?
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is awarded for outstanding achievement by groups who regularly volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the lives of others. To nominate a group or find out more visit the The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service website.

The Queen's Award for Enterprise are the UK's top awards for business performance. They are presented in three categories: 

• international trade 

• innovation 

• sustainable development. 

For an application form and to find out more, including whether your business meets the criteria necessary to apply, visit the Queen's Award for Enterprise website.

The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion is given to individuals who have played a major role in promoting the spirit of enterprise in the UK. There is a maximum of ten awards each year.  To nominate someone for an award visit the Queen's Award for Enterprise website.

How can I apply for a wedding anniversary or birthday greeting from The Queen?
HM The Queen sends congratulatory messages to those celebrating their 100th and 105th birthday and every year thereafter, and those celebrating their 60th, 65th and 70th wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter. You can find the forms and further guidance on the British Monarchy website. 

What is a High Sheriff and how long do they serve?
The High Sheriff of Surrey is appointed by the Sovereign to hold office for one year. Three names are submitted to The Queen each March. In a ceremony that follows centuries of tradition, Her Majesty uses a brass bodkin to 'prick' the name of the High Sheriff for the following year.

In theory, the High Sheriff is The Queen's legal representative in the county. In practice, today it is largely a ceremonial role but is still the oldest secular office in England and Wales other than the Crown. The office dates back to Saxon times, when the name was 'Shire Reeve'. Originally, the Shrievalty – as it is known – held many of the powers now taken by the Lord Lieutenant, High Court Judges, Magistrates, Coroners, local authorities, the Inland Revenue and police.

Members of both Houses of Parliament, clergymen and other certain government officials are disqualified from taking office. Historically, the prospective High Sheriff must hold sufficient land within the County 'to answer the Queen and her people'. Other than that, there is no formal qualification for the role. The office is unpaid. 

Who is the current High Sheriff of Surrey?
The High Sheriff of Surrey 2017-2018 is: Mr Robert Napier, CBE DL. The High Sheriff in Nomination, to be installed on 24th April 2018, is Dr Jim Glover.

Shrievalty Office
Surrey County Council
Room 109
County Hall
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames