Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk

The roles, responsibilities and history of The Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk, currently Clare Countess of Euston.

About The Lord-Lieutenant

Lady Euston LL

Clare Euston was born in Derbyshire in 1951.

She grew up and was educated in the Scottish Borders. She has an MA in Modern History from London University, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of East Anglia.

She has worked all her life within the voluntary sector. She was Vice-Chairman in London of Mental Health Foundation, and Chairman of the Foundation for People with Learning Difficulties. She was a Trustee of the Henry Smith Charity for twenty-five years. She is a past Chairman of St. Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds, and a past Vice-Chairman of the Suffolk Community Foundation.

From 2004-2005, she was High Sheriff of Suffolk. From 2005 to 2010 she was independent chair of the Suffolk Strategic Partnership.

She married James, Earl of Euston in 1972. They have five children and nine grand-children. She was widowed in 2009. She lives at Euston in Suffolk, where she is a partner in the farm business, and takes a particular interest in breeding Red Poll Cattle and Suffolk Punch Horses.

Conservation of the Suffolk countryside for the benefit of future generations, is at the heart of everything on the Euston Estate.

Clare, Countess of Euston was appointed Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk in December 2014.

Role and duties

Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of a County is an Honorary Officer appointed by The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. They normally serve until retirement at 75 years of age.

They are a non-political and unpaid permanent representative of the Crown. 

They are responsible for all aspects of visits by members of the Royal Family, and escorting Royal visitors to the county. They represent the Queen at events, as appropriate, and present medals and awards to organisations and individuals on her behalf.

The Lord-Lieutenant also advises on honours nominations and accepts suggestions (by early January) for the attendance at Royal Garden Parties of individuals deserving recognition.

They are expected to promote a spirit of co-operation by supporting charitable and voluntary organisations and to take an interest in the commercial, social and spiritual life of the county.

The Lord-Lieutenant is supported by a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and by Deputy Lieutenants.

The number of Deputy Lieutenants is determined by the size of the population. The letters 'DL' are placed after their names. A list of Deputy Lieutenants is available on the site.

The current Vice Lord-Lieutenant is Mr. Robert Rous, DL.

History of the role

The Office of the Lord-Lieutenant dates from the 16th Century and has its origins in the military when the holder became responsible for local military defence and the maintenance of order.

In 1871 regulation of the Forces Act removed the militia from the direct control of the Lord-Lieutenant and this was followed in 1921 by the loss of power to call men of the County to fight in case of need.

The traditional links with the military have been preserved in a modern form by liaising with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated Cadet Forces including the association of the Lord-Lieutenant with the Volunteer Reserve Forces.

Connections with the military have led to links with other uniformed organisations such as the Police, Fire and Ambulance services and many voluntary bodies such as the Red Cross, St. John Ambulance and other national and local youth organisations.

From earliest days the Lord-Lieutenant has always been associated with the work of Magistrates and until the 19th Century he appointed the Clerk of the Peace. Like many of her predecessors, our current Lord-Lieutenant is a magistrate and holds the ancient office of Custos Rotulorum, or Keeper of the Rolls for Suffolk. She is also Chairman of the Suffolk Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace, which recommends the appointment of magistrates in the county.

The Lord-Lieutenant also acts as Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the appointment of Tax Commissioners.

Contact The Lord-Lieutenant

The Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council is Clerk to the Lieutenancy.

The Lord-Lieutenant may be contacted at the:

Suffolk Lieutenancy Office
Suffolk County Council
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road

Telephone: 01473 264004

Email: sue.bennitt@suffolk.gov.uk


The Lord-Lieutenant should be addressed as:

Written: Clare Countess of Euston, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk

Salutation: 'Dear Lord-Lieutenant' or 'Dear Lady Euston'

In a speech: In the preamble the Lord-Lieutenant is referred to as 'My Lord-Lieutenant'

Conversation: 'Lady Euston' or 'Lord-Lieutenant'

Deputy Lieutenants

The current Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Suffolk are:

  • Timothy Bridge, DL
  • James Buckle, DL
  • Sir Michael Bunbury, Bt, KCVO, DL
  • Paul Cooke, DL
  • Mrs June de Moller, DL
  • His Honour Judge Devaux, DL
  • John (Stephen) Fletcher, FRICS, FAAV, DL
  • Sir Edward Greenwell, Bt, DL
  • Miss. Valerie Hill, MVO, DL
  • Major Philip Hope-Cobbold, DL
  • Mrs. Claire Horsley, DL
  • Lady Clare Howes, DL
  • Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett, DL
  • Mrs. Diana Hunt, JP, DL
  • Terence Hunt, DL
  • The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Iveagh, FIAgrM, DL
  • Lieutenant General (Retd) Philip Jones CB, CBE, DL
  • Mrs. Gulshanbir Kayembe, DL
  • William Kendall, DL
  • Anthony (Jamie) Lowther-Pinkerton, LVO, MBE, DL
  • Dr. Michael Lynch, OBE, FREng, DL
  • Dame Clare Marx, DBE, MBBS, FRCS, DL
  • Andrew Merriam, DL
  • Stephen Miles, DL
  • Mark Pendlington, DL
  • Geoffrey Probert, DL
  • Robert Rous, DL
  • Timothy Rowan-Robinson, DL
  • Ms. Kirsten Rausing, DL
  • Andrew Scott, DL
  • James Servaes, DL
  • Mrs. Judith Shallow, DL
  • David Sheepshanks, CBE, DL
  • Mrs. Joanna Spicer, DL
  • The Lord Stevenson of Coddenham, CBE, DL
  • Henry Strutt, DL
  • Major-General John Sutherell, CB, CBE, DL
  • George Vestey, DL
  • Nicholas Wingfield Digby, BVSc, MRCVS, LVO, DL