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Lieutenancy events

How to invite the Lord-Lieutenant, or one of this deputies, to an event.


The Lord-Lieutenant is always pleased to be invited to visit organisations in Oxfordshire – voluntary, statutory, or business. Invitations should be sent to him via his PA.

The Lord-Lieutenant is not able to accept all invitations because of volume and time constraints, but if you receive a refusal, you may wish to ask if it is possible to arrange for the Vice Lord-Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) to attend on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant or DL should then be accorded the precedence due to the Lord-Lieutenant.

Types of events

The Lord-Lieutenant and his deputies attend events on behalf of The Queen and promote charitable and voluntary work within Oxfordshire. They also attend military events supporting not only the army, navy and air force but also the Royal British Legion, the TA, Reserve Forces and cadets.

They attend civic and religious events such as civic dinners, mayor makings, church installations and faith celebrations, and support many other aspects of life in Oxfordshire by attending rural events and AGMs of the voluntary, charitable and military sector, universities and schools.

By attending the events, the Lieutenancy is able to understand more fully what each organisation entails and how best it may support and add value.

Etiquette and protocol

The Lord-Lieutenant represents The Queen, and when he is attending in an official capacity in Oxfordshire is received with broadly the same protocol as a member of the Royal Family. He takes precedence over other civic dignitaries or guests at official events and is to be met on arrival by the host.

The Lord-Lieutenant has a Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Mr John Harwood, and 32 Deputy Lieutenants all of whom support the Lord-Lieutenant in the performance of his public duties. Where the Lord-Lieutenant is unable to attend and he is represented by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, or a Deputy Lieutenant, the same etiquette and protocol is followed.


  • Written: Tim Stevenson OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire
  • Salutation: Dear Lord-Lieutenant,
  • Spoken: A speech might begin: “Lord-Lieutenant, Ladies and Gentlemen….”
  • Conversation: He is addressed as “Lord-Lieutenant” or “Mr Stevenson”.

Annual events

Oxfordshire is host to several annual events celebrating the history, culture and community of the county, some of which are listed below. These events are usually by invitation but are adapted each year to make them as inclusive as possible across Oxfordshire by focusing on a theme or celebrating an aspect of life within the county.

St Frideswide Service

This is usually held on the third Tuesday of October and is a service of thanksgiving held in the cathedral at Christ Church.

St Frideswide is the Patron Saint of Oxford. The service has a different focus each year involving charities relating to the theme, school children of all ages perform at the service and a retiring collection is donated to the charity/charities of choice for that year.

Remembrance Sunday

Armed Forces Day

As The Queen’s representative for Oxfordshire, the Lord-Lieutenant has close ties with the military. Each year, the Lord-Lieutenant takes the salute on Armed Forces Day.

OCF (Oxfordshire Community Foundation)

The Oxfordshire Community Foundation is the primary charity of the Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. He is the charity’s President attending quarterly board meetings and working with the OCF to run initiatives which create opportunities within Oxfordshire and particularly tackle issues of disadvantage and exclusion.

OCVA Awards (Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Awards)

Each year the Lord-Lieutenant presents certificates to winners at the Oxfordshire Charity and Volunteer Awards organised by the OCVA and generously supported by private sector sponsorship. Individuals and voluntary organisations across Oxfordshire are nominated for awards. There are different categories for local organisations to demonstrate excellence in their work including the Charity of the Year award.

Civilian - Military events calendar

The nave of Christ Church Cathedral.

Battle’s O’er Piper, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

11 November

Piper Ian Knight, of Oxford Caledonian Pipes and Drums will play Battle’s O’er, a traditional air played by pipers after a battle....

A poppy on a lapel.

Remembrance Day Parade in Oxford

11 November

Traditional parade, service and laying of wreaths at the War Memorial in St Giles, Oxford. Diverse readings and remembrance.

The nave of Christ Church cathedral.

Service of Remembrance for Young People at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

11 November

Young people and organisations working with them such as military Cadets, Air Training Corp and both Universities will lead and attend a special...

A group of people standing around a beacon.

Beacon lighting

11 November

At 7pm precisely, the Lord Lieutenant will light a flaming beacon, one of over 1000 across the UK, to commemorate the centenary of the end of World...

The battle's over logo.

Battle’s Over Ringing Out For Peace

11 November

As part of the nationwide Battle’s Over programme of events to mark the Centenary of the Armistice at the end of WW1, at 1905GMT precisely,...


Membership of other organisations

The Lord-Lieutenant and his deputies hold Patronages and Presidencies or are members of many organisations and voluntary bodies.

Patronages and Presidencies and memberships

These include:

Last reviewed
21 June 2018
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