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Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset - Angus Campbell

Angus Campbell was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset on 23 January 2014.

Angus Campbell served for many years in the Army Air Corps. Since then he has focused on his farming interests and local politics. He served as Leader of both North Dorset District and Dorset County Councils. He was Chair of the Dorset Olympic Board and of the Strategic Leaders Board for the South West. He has also been a Governor of several schools in the County.

Mr Campbell lives in Iwerne Minster with his wife, Carola, and has two daughters.

History of the office of Lord-Lieutenant

The Office of Lord-Lieutenant was created during the reign of Henry VIII. It took over the military duties of the Sheriff and control of the military forces of the Crown. From 1569, there was provision for the appointment of Deputies, and in 1662 the Lord-Lieutenant was given entire control of the militia. The Forces Act of 1871 transferred this function back to the Crown, and in 1921, the office lost its power to call upon men of the County to fight in case of need.

Appointment and Current Duties

Lord-Lieutenants are appointed by The Queen for each county in the United Kingdom, to represent the Crown. They are non-political and retire at the age of 75. The post is unpaid.

The five main duties of the Lord-Lieutenant are:

  • arranging visits to the county by members of the Royal family and escorting Royal visitors
  • presenting medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty, and advising on honours nominations
  • as Custos Rotolorum, leading local judicial body as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace
  • liaising with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army (and Territorial Army), Royal Air Force and their associated cadet forces
  • participating in civic and voluntary activities

The Dorset Lieutenancy covers the County of Dorset and the Boroughs of Poole and Bournemouth.

Clerk to the Lieutenancy

The Clerk to the Lieutenancy is Mrs Debbie Ward. The Assistant Clerk to the Lieutenancy is Mrs Marilyn Porter. Contact details for the Lieutenancy office are set out below.

Protocol and etiquette

Advice on protocol and etiquette, particularly to those organising an event to which a member of the Royal family or the Lord-Lieutenant is invited, is readily available by contacting the Civic & Lieutenancy Officer using the contact details below.

The correct form of address for the Lord-Lieutenant:

Written:

Angus Campbell Esq
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset

Salutation:Dear Lord-Lieutenant
Speech:In the preamble, My Lord-Lieutenant
Conversation:Mr Campbell or Lord-Lieutenant
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