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Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire

The role of the Lieutenancy.

Lord-Lieutenant McCarthy

The Lord-Lieutenant, Colonel Peter McCarthy is appointed by The Queen and is Her Majesty's personal representative in Renfrewshire with the prime duty of upholding the dignity of the Crown.

Colonel McCarthy is responsible for the organisation of all official Royal Visits to Renfrewshire by any members of the Royal Family whom he escorts throughout the duration of their visit.  He also ensures that The Queen's Private Office is kept informed about local issues relating to the area, particularly when a Royal Visit is being planned.

He makes nominations for Honours and Queen's Awards and recommends those for invitation to Her Majesty's Garden Party held each year at The Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The Lord-Lieutenant also participates in civic, voluntary and social activities within the Lieutenancy and liaises with local units of the Armed Services and their associated cadet forces.

He carries out other duties, such as the presentation of decorations (where the recipient is unable to attend an Investiture), The Queen's Award for Enterprise (International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development, for businesses); The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion (for individuals); The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service; and The Queen's Scout and Queen's Guide Awards.

Among the many important roles the Lord-Lieutenant carries out in the community, with the help of his Deputy Lieutenants, is presenting a message of congratulation from HM The Queen to those celebrating their 100th, 105th birthday and every birthday thereafter or 60th (Diamond) Wedding Anniversary, 65th (Blue Sapphire), 70th (Platinum) and every year thereafter. 

If anyone is interested in inviting a Deputy Lieutenant to a related family celebration, or wishes assistance to secure a message of congratulations from HM The Queen, please contact the Lieutenancy Office.

Further information about all of the issues above can be found in the Lord-Lieutenant's website a link to which can be accessed through the External websites.

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