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The office of Lord-Lieutenant is military appointment dating from the reign of King Henry VIII when its holder was made responsible for the maintenance of order and for all military measures necessary locally for defence.

Created in 1557, the Lord-Lieutenants took the place of the county sheriffs as the commanders and organizers of the Militia of the shires.

By 1569 there was provision for the appointment of deputies.

The militia was removed from the Lord-Lieutenant's direct control in 1871, and Lord-Lieutenants lost the power to call on men of the county to fight in case of need in 1921.

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Her Majesty the Queen appoints a Lord-Lieutenant for each county on the advice of the Prime Minister.

Nothern Ireland8

The office is exempt from sex and race discrimination legislation.

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The Lord-Lieutenant is representative of Her Majesty the Queen in his county and his first and foremost duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown.

A lady appointed to the office of Lord-Lieutenant is still addressed as "Lord-Lieutenant ".

The principal duties of the Lord-Lieutenant are;-

Arranging visits of members of the royal family and escorting royal visitors as appropriate;

Participation in civic and social activity within the lieutenancy including the encouragement of a wide range of voluntary activity;

Liaison with local units of the Army , Royal Navy and Royal Air Force;

Presentation of medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty;

Leadership of the local magistracy as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace and General Commissioners of Income Tax, in liaison with the Lord Chancellor's Department, and carrying out the duties of the Keeper of the Rolls.

The Lord-Lieutenant may be asked to comment on the validity of nominations for honours and submits lists of names of those he recommends for invitations to Her Majesty's Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace.

He is also expected to promote a good atmosphere and spirit of co-operation by the encouragement he gives to voluntary service and benevolent organisations, and by the interest he takes in the industrial and social life of his county.

The Lord-Lieutenant is also encouraged to take an interest in local projects funded from the National Lottery and should consider lending support to those which he feels to be of particular importance.

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1549Appointment of John Lord Russell as the first Lord-Lieutenant of Devon
1871The control of the militia removed from the Lord-Lieutenants of the counties
1919The Royal Institution of Cornwall moves into its present building in River Street, Truro
1921Lord-Lieutenants of the counties lost power to call on men of the county to fight in case of need

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