Countess Howe has succeeded Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher KCVO Bt as Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire having been appointed by Her Majesty The Queen back in June.
Lady Howe said: “It is a great honour to be appointed as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire in succession to Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher. I look forward to fulfilling the role and aim to serve the community with commitment and purpose for the benefit of all who live in this wonderful county. To be the first woman to hold the Office in Buckinghamshire is a special privilege”.
Lord-Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Her Majesty the Queen’s official representative in Buckinghamshire, stepped down after 14 years in the role. All members of the Lieutenancy are required to retire when they turn 75 and Sir Henry reached that milestone on 27th November. In his farewell message, he said:
“I am leaving a role that it has been my honour and privilege to hold. My time in office has allowed me to meet the most wonderful people across Buckinghamshire, who have nothing but the best interests of our community in mind. It has been a great joy to be invited into the lives of so wide a variety of people, and it is a chapter of my life that I shall never forget. I have received nothing but kindness and support throughout, and I feel most fortunate to have had this opportunity to serve Her Majesty the Queen in this County.
“It is an historic day for Buckinghamshire as we welcome our first ever female Lord-Lieutenant and I thank the people of Buckinghamshire for all that they do for our extraordinary county.”
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenants are the representatives of the Crown for each county in the UK. They are responsible for the organisation of all official Royal visits to their county. On the day of an engagement they escort the Royal visitor around the different locations — not simply The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, but any member of the Royal Family.