Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of a County is an Honorary Officer appointed by The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. He or she is the permanent representative of the Crown in that County and normally serves until retirement at between 70 and 75 years of age. The post is non-political and is unpaid.
The Lord-Lieutenant of the County & City of Bristol is:

Mrs Mary Prior MBE JP
Youngwood Farm
Youngwood Lane
Bristol BS48 4NR


The office dates from the reign of Henry VIII, and the Lord-Lieutenant was originally responsible for the maintenance of order and for local defence.

Nowadays the responsibilities of the Lord-Lieutenant include:

  • All aspects of visits by members of the Royal Family, and escorting Royal Visitors;
  • Presentation of awards and medals on behalf of The Queen;
  • Representing The Queen at a variety of events;
  • Chairman of Avon Advisory Committee of General Tax Commissioners for the County of Avon;
  • Chairmanship of the Advisory Committee which recommends the appointment of magistrates to the Lord Chancellor;
  • Queen’s Awards to Industry;
  • Liaison with local units of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, and with the Reserve Forces and Cadets;
  • Participation in civic and voluntary activity within the Lieutenancy;
  • Advising on honours nominations;
  • Buckingham Palace Garden Party Invitations;
  • Congratulatory Messages from Her Majesty The Queen;
  • Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service;
  • Significant involvement with a breadth of different charities.
  • Involvement with the Police, Fire Brigade and Avon Ambulance Service
On ceremonial occasions male Lord-Lieutenants wear uniform, women a special badge.
The Lord-Lieutenant is supported by a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and by Deputy Lieutenants, who she appoints from people who have rendered particular service to the County in a variety of ways, the number depending on the size of population. At present there are 18 Deputy Lieutenants.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant is:
Dr Timothy Chambers OBE JP FRCP

The Clerk to the Lieutenancy:
Mr Neville Gibson JP

Information can be obtained from:
Lieutenancy Office, Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3RA

Telephone: (01275) 374 500
Fax: (01275) 375 540
Email: lordltbristol@btconnect.com
There is also a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Lord-Lieutenant and her duties.

Click on Other Lieutenancies for telephone contact numbers.