In November 2002 Clare Russell was given the great honour by Her Majesty The Queen to be Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire.
The Lord Lieutenant is The Queen’s representative in Banffshire, and is appointed personally by the Sovereign. It is a great privilege to serve Her Majesty and Banffshire in this way. Clare Russell is the 11th Lord Lieutenant and first Lady Lord Lieutenant of the county.
Mrs Russell was presented with an Honorary Degree from the University of Aberdeen for her work within the county, which was the greatest honour and privilege.
The Duties of a Lord Lieutenant are assisted by a Vice Lord Lieutenant and six Deputy Lieutenants, Mrs Russell performs duties which include:
- Organising visits to the county by members of the Royal Family
- Co-ordinating nominations to the Royal Garden Parties. Nominations are provided by the Deputy Lieutenants of Banffshire and by the local councils, and cover people from all walks of life, particularly those who carry out public or voluntary work.
- The presentation of medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty
- Arranging for representatives to be present at War Memorials on Remembrance Sunday
- Delivering Her Majesty The Queen’s messages of congratulations on Diamond Weddings and 100th Birthdays
- Liaison with the Army, the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, TA, local Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps units, and the Royal British Legion
- Involvement in many charity organisations.
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