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Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenants are the representatives for the Crown for each county in the United Kingdom. The Queen appoints men or women of all backgrounds, on the advice of the Prime Minister.

Lord-Lieutenants also carry out other duties in their county, such as the presentation of decorations (where the recipient is unable to attend an Investiture), The Queen's Awards of Export and Technology, and Queen's Scout and Queen's Guide Awards.

Invitations to members of the Royal Family should be sent to the local Lord-Lieutenant. Lord-Lieutenants can also advise on how to contact the various Royal Households.

The Lord-Lieutenant for West Lothian is Ms Moira Niven MBE.

Special Celebrations

HM The Queen will send a congratulatory message on the following occasions, which is normally presented by the Lord-Lieutenant or her representative. Buckingham Palace no longer sends official notification directly to the Lord-Lieutenant of special occasions. 

To advise the Lord-Lieutenant of a special anniversary, please contact the Clerk to the Lieutenancy, Morgan Hewitt  by email: or by telephone: 01506 281080

Wedding Anniversaries

The Queen sends messages for Diamond (60th),  65th and Platinum (70th) Wedding Anniversaries and then every year thereafter.

Her Majesty does not send a message for Silver (25th), Ruby (40th) or Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversaries.

How to apply for Wedding Anniversaries message

The following information needs to be provided:

  • Full names of the couple
  • Address
  • Woman' maiden name
  • Date of marriage
  • Name of the town/parish in which they were married

To apply for a congratulatory message, enter the wedding anniversary information here. 


The Queen sends messages for 100th and 105th birthdays and then every year thereafter.

Apply for a congratulatory message here.

Royal Visits

Lord-Lieutenants are also responsible for ensuring that The Queen is kept informed about local issues relating to their area, particularly when royal visits are being planned.

Should a local organisation or business wish a Royal Visit, they should contact Clerk to the Lieutenancy, Morgan Hewitt, by email: or by telephone: 01506 281080, who will be able to advise them on how to proceed. 

Queens Awards

The Queen has a variety of awards for businesses and voluntary groups, for more information about these awards and how to apply please see The Queen's Award for Business.