The North Yorkshire Lieutenancy

Our website 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 and Awards systems, giving recognition to voluntary service, faith groups, charitable and business organisations.

The Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mrs Johanna Ropner, is Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in the County. She leads the Lieutenancy, which helps foster good relations and co-operation between all kinds of organisation in every part of our wonderful County.

Together with its prime duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown, The Lieutenancy also 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 achievement across all groups and sectors.

Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire
Jo Ropner was appointed Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire in November 2018. Jo is a successful businesswoman who has considerable involvement in the voluntary and charitable sectors across North Yorkshire and beyond.
Lieutenancy Area
The North Yorkshire Lieutenancy covers North Yorkshire, York and Teesside south of the River Tees. Its aim is to promote its people, culture, diversity, heritage and history by serving its communities and encouraging engagement, voluntary service and achievement across all groups and sectors.
Helping You
Helping You
From requesting Royal and Lieutenancy Visits and landmark messages to information on the Platinum Jubilee and Queen's Green Canopy as well as making nominations for Honours and Queen's Awards - see how the Lieutenancy can help you.
Honours & Awards
The Lord-Lieutenant is sometimes called upon to make presentations on behalf of HM The Queen. Some National Awards, such as the OBE and MBE, may need to be presented locally if a recipient is unable to attend an investiture.
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Latest News & Events
Tue 12th July
We were delighted to welcome Princess Anne as guest of honour during the first day of The Great Yorkshire Show. The Princess Royal was welcomed to the event by The Lord-Lieutenant, Jo Ropner, and the Show director, Charles Mills, who gave her a full tour taking in the Food Hall, the Young farmers Lawn, the Charities Stands as well as the Livestock Displays.
Sat 25th June
Harry Gration MBE DL, one of our Deputy Lieutenants, tragically died suddenly yesterday.
Sat 4th June
A Jubilee garden party was held in the Deanery gardens at York Minster for 600 local heroes who had gone out of their way over the past two years to make things better for others in their communities
Wed 23rd February
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, the Lord Mayor of York, City councillors and other distinguished guests gathered at the York Community Woodland to unveil a Queen’s Green Canopy plaque which marked a small area of the woodland, where 70 trees have been planted to commemorate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
Mon 17th January
C-Kore Systems of Escrick, York awarded their second Queen's Award for Enterprise
Thu 15th July
TRH The Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall visit the Great Yorkshire Show
Wed 14th July
HRH The Duke of Gloucester visits Catterick Garrison where the School of Infantry was celebrating it's 25th Anniversary
Mon 28th June
The Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Jo Ropner, today presented Absolute Antibody of Redcar with their well-deserved Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade
Mon 14th June
Fourteen special people in North Yorkshire recognised in Her Majesty the Queen's 2021 Birthday Honours
Thu 29th April
Two North Yorkshire businesses win the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2021
Fri 9th April
It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 9th April 2021.
Mon 29th March
The Lord-Lieutenant attended the declaration ceremony of the new High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, Mrs Venetia Wrigley DL, at York Crown Court.
Thu 11th March
Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant preparing for the 2021 RFCA Awards
Wed 3rd March
THE Chancellor has announced that the bid to set up the UK’s first and biggest freeport in Teesside has been given the green light and will result in a 'tsunami' of jobs in the region
Mon 1st March
An Atlantic rower from North Yorkshire has become the youngest female to row across an ocean. Jasmine Harrison, from Thirsk, North Yorkshire, completed the 3000-mile journey in 70 days, three hours and 48 minutes.
Thu 25th February
HRH The Earl of Wessex carried out a virtual visit to North Yorkshire on 25th February, and met via zoom with a number of leaders and charitable organisations from across our region.
Sun 8th November
Remembrance Sunday services took place across the Lieutenancy, attended by HM Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and many of her Deputies, representing HM The Queen
Mon 19th October
THE Princess Royal has visited Scarborough Hospital to see how the NHS has risen to the challenges of the past few months and to thank staff.
Sun 18th October
HM Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire met the new Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, at his enthronement
Mon 12th October
HRH The Prince of Wales spent the day in North Yorkshire visiting the military base at Catterick Garrison, followed by a trip to RAF Menwith Hill outside Harrogate