Lord Lieutenant crest 2This site will inform and update you about how Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant and the North Yorkshire Lieutenancy can support and represent all residents of the County. In particular, we invite you to discover how the Lieutenancy can help you, acting as a conduit to the Royal Family, the National Honours system, giving recognition to voluntary service, faith groups and charitable organisations.

The Lieutenancy wishes to promote North Yorkshire, York and Teesside, its people, culture, diversity, heritage and history by serving its communities and encouraging engagement, voluntary service and benevolence across all groups and sectors, in business, industrial and social life.

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Website last updated: 22/10/2020

 Coronavirus advice and information

Maintaining the safety of everyone in North Yorkshire is our top priority. See the latest information about changes to local North Yorkshire services as a result of Coronovirus (Covid-19) as well as help and advice for staying safe. Read Coronavirus (Covid-19) information here.

19 October, 2020 – HRH The Princess Royal met staff and patients at Scarborough Hospital. Further detail here.

12 October, 2020 – HRH The Prince of Wales visited the Royal Dragoon Guards at Catterick in his capacity as Royal Colonel-in-Chief and later visited RAF Menwith Hill near Harrogate. More details here.

10 October, 2020 –  A total of 34 people from the North Yorkshire Lieutenancy region have been honoured in Her Majesty the Queen’s deferred 2020 Birthday Honours List. Full details can be found here - congratulations to every one of them.

16 August, 2020 – VJ Day 75th anniversary was marked by a short service at The Kohima Memorial in The Deans Garden at the Minster. HM The Queen was represented at the ceremony by the Vice-Lord Lieutenant.  A full report and video can be found here.

8 July, 2020 – HRH the Princess Royal visits Dovecote Park in her first official engagement following the COVID-19 pandemic and was welcomed by the Lord-Lieutenant. A press release and photo can be downloaded here HRH-Dovecote-Park-Press-Release-07.07.2020-inc-photo (7).

2 June, 2020 – Four North Yorkshire charities have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the UK’s most prestigious charity award. The charities being honoured are: Harrogate Food Angels, Home Start RichmondshireThe Grassington Hub and Washburn Heritage Centre VolunteersThe Lord-Lieutenant congratulates the four charities, all of which are brilliant examples of what can be achieved by volunteers. The four groups will receive formally their QAVS at a Ceremony once we are able to safely gather.  More details on the groups can be found here.

20th May, 2020 –  Covid-19 Honours. The Government has announced that there will be an additional 2020 Honours list to recognise individuals who have made outstanding contributions during the current pandemic.  Details can be found here and nominations have to be made by 24 July 2020.

15th May, 2020 – With the agreement of Her Majesty the Queen, the Lord-Lieutenant has appointed four new Deputy Lieutenant’s. They are Mr Nigel Corner, Mrs Linda Fenwick, Professor David Hill CBE and Mrs Isobel Dixon.  The Press Release can be found here DLs appointment 15052020 PR.

7th May, 2020 – A virtual VE Day Tri-Service Festival can be found here.  There are templates for making your own flags & bunting, Wartime recipes including Corned Beef Rissoles & Homity Pie, 1940s Hair and Make-up Tutorial and Sir Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech. Also a podcast of VE Day reminiscences.

5th May, 2020 - The Archbishop of York will speak at a virtual service from Ripon Cathedral to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day; the Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire will represent Her Majesty the Queen. The service at 11am on Friday 8th May can be accessed by clicking here.

21 April 2020 - Four companies from North Yorkshire and one from Teesside have today been awarded the coveted Queen’s Award’s for Enterprise (QAE). They are John King Chains Ltd (Sherburn in Elmet), Tech Buyer Ltd (Harrogate), GBUK Banana (Selby), CPOMS Systems Limited (Skipton) and Absolute Antibody Ltd (Wilton Centre, Redcar).  Full details of the North Yorkshire Lieutenancy area awards can be found here.  The complete national list is here.  The awards will be officially presented at at ceremony later in the year and representatives from the winning organisations will be invited to attend a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace.

14th April 2020 – North Yorkshire County Council have launched a website to promote our local businesses, traders and professional services who remain open for trade under COVID-19 restrictions.  Called North Yorkshire Buy Local, it is a useful resource in these challenging times.  Please spread the word and support our local businesses, shown on the website  at www.northyorks.gov.uk/buy-local.

5th April 2020 – The Queen’s broadcast to the UK and Commonwealth. The text of Her Majesty’s broadcast can be found here and the broadcast can be viewed here.

25th March 2020 – North Yorkshire pulls together community to meet coronavirus challenge.  Information on the county’s community response to help those isolated by the pandemic can be found here.

24th March 2020 – The latest bulletin from North Yorkshire County Council concerning COVID-19 can be found here. Richard Flinton – Bulletin Opening 24.03

19th March 2020 – A statement from HM the Queen can be read here.

18th March 2020 –  An announcement regarding changes to The Queen’s diary can be found here. Regrettably Garden Parties hosted by The Queen, due to be held at Buckingham Palace in May 2020, will now not take place. Guests already invited to these Garden Parties will be asked to attend in 2021. Two additional Garden Parties given for the Not Forgotten Association and the National Trust will also not take place. Any Investitures will also be rearranged to later dates.

16th March 2020 –  Coronavirus COVID-19 statement from the Lord-Lieutenant. A number of people have been in touch to ask whether there is any guidance for Lieutenancies about COVID-19. You may have seen that the Prime Minister has now announced that we have moved on to the “delay” phase of the pandemic, with the aim of slowing its spread and helping the NHS to cope. The advice is that people with any symptoms should self-isolate for at least seven days, that people over 70 or with serious medical conditions should not go on cruises, and that international school trips should be avoided. At this stage, the Government is not banning major public events but this is likely to change. The full statement is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-coronavirus-12-march-2020 and further updated here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-coronavirus-16-march-2020.

I have spoken to Buckingham Palace and, as things stand, they are continuing to operate largely as normal, although you may have seen that Her Majesty has today postponed visits to Cheshire and Camden. For the time being, other Royal visits (especially smaller ones), investitures and Garden Parties are still expected to go ahead, but this is being kept under review and could change at any time.  Jo Ropner, HM Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.

28th December 2019 – Nine individuals from North Yorkshire, York and Teesside have been honoured in HM The Queen’s New Year Honours.  Details can be found here.  The full national list is available here.

11th November 2019 – Her Majesty the Queen was represented by Deputy Lieutenant’s (DL’s) at 36 Remembrance Sunday services around the County yesterday, with the Lord-Lieutenant at the Cenotaph in York. A full list can be found here.

30th October 2019 – Great Ayton celebrated the 250th anniversary of the village’s most famous resident, Captain James Cook RN, marking his first voyage circumnavigating New Zealand. The Chairman of Hambleton District Council, Cllr. Kevin Hardisty, was joined by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant and other Civic Leaders at a service and wreath laying to celebrate Cook’s life.  D&ST report here & picture here.

25th October 2019 – Three North Yorkshire Cadets have been honoured as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for the next 12 months at a ceremony in York yesterday.  They are CSM Jack Ellwood, aged 16, from Scarborough Detachment of Army Cadet Force, WO Michael Emerson, aged 18 at 740 (Whitby) Squadron, Central and East Yorkshire Wing, Air Training Corps and Leading Cadet Shannon Marson, aged 16 at Scarborough Sea Cadets.  More information is available here. Also honoured was cadet force adult volunteer, Rev Pamela Jennings, who was recognised for her 14 years of service to Scarborough Sea Cadets.

16 October 2019 – Six North Yorkshire residents were yesterday presented with their honours by the Lord-Lieutenant on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, one MBE and five BEMs. C. Cllr. Jim Clarke, Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council, also attended the ceremony.

8 October 2019 – The Lord-Lieutenant presented the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service (QAVS) to 6 North Yorkshire groups and charities this evening.  The QAVS is the highest award available in the UK, equating to a MBE award for a charity!  Pictures of the presentation and reception can be viewed here and a Press Release here.

20 August 2019 – North Yorkshire Community Awards nominees announced.  A total of 55 nominations from 41 groups and individuals have been made for the awards, which honour volunteers who make a difference in their community. From the nominations, 15 have been shortlisted – further information here.

19 July 2019 – The Princess Royal today visited Redcar and Saltburn. A report on the visit can be found here.

12 July 2019 – The Duke of York yesterday visited The Great Yorkshire Show.  More detail can be found here.

1 July 2019 – Mrs Clare Wood DL represented HM The Queen at the Scarborough’s 11th Armed Forces Day on 29th June. Photos can be found here.

8th June 2019 – Twenty two individuals from North Yorkshire, York and Teesside have been honoured in HM The Queen’s Birthday honours.  Details can be found here.  The full national list is available here.

2nd June 2019 – Congratulations to the six charities from the North Yorkshire who have been recognised in the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service.  The charities honoured are: Clapham Community Shop Ltd, Claro Enterprises, Hambleton FoodShare, Bedale Riding for the Disabled Association, Saltburn Beachwatch, Scuba Diving for All (SDA). More detail can be found here.

24th April 2019 – Three North Yorkshire Companies, Naughtone Ltd, Incremental Solutions Ltd and C-Kore Systems Ltd, have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprisefull details and the Press Release here.

10th April 2019 – Seven residents in the North Yorkshire Lieutenancy area were yesterday awarded British Empire Medals for outstanding services to their communities.  Further details and a photograph here.  And Stray FM’s coverage can be seen here.

5th April 2019 – HRH The Duke of York yesterday presented his Community Initiative Award to 23 North Yorkshire charities and groups at a ceremony at Catterick Garrison – pictures of the presentation ceremony can he found here and of the Duke’s later walk-around here.

4th April 2019 – With Her Majesty the Queen’s agreement, five new Deputy Lieutenants have been appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, Mrs Johanna Ropner.  Full details and the Press Release relating to the new appointments is available here.  The map tab, above, shows the location of DLs around the County and the London Gazette notice of the appointment can be found here.

29th December 2018 – Congratulations to the twenty eight people from North Yorkshire have been honoured in Her Majesty’s New Year’s Honours – full details at New Year Honours 2019 NY. The full national list can be found here.

6th November 2018 – Mrs Johanna Ropner was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.

Photographs of various Remembrance Sunday services around the county can be found here.


The post of Lord-Lieutenant of a county or major city is an honorary appointment made by the Monarch, whose origin dates back to King Henry VIII. A Lord-Lieutenant’s responsibilities are wide ranging, and to assist him in these he may appoint a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants, who come from all areas around North Yorkshire and Teesside.


From royal visits, presentations and awards, to establishing supportive links with local government, charities, the military and youth organisations, the Lord-Lieutenant and his team fulfil many roles. A principal purpose of the Lieutenancy is to facilitate the myriad ways by which the Monarch is kept aware of what is happening among her people.


A range of pictures and video clips of past events (organised by years) within the North Yorkshire Lieutenancy, such as Royal visits and work with the Armed Forces, Churches, uniformed youth organisations, Charities and local businesses which illustrate the variety of work undertaken by the Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and his team.

Click on the Galleries tab at the top of the page, then select the Year and Event.