The Lord-Lieutenant is responsible for organising formal royal visits within the county. This involves proposing to members of the royal family organisations / charities to visit, making arrangements for the visit locally and receiving the member of the royal family on the day of the visit. In this she is assisted by staff from the Democratic Services Department at Shire Hall.
Royal visits recently have included:
- To such charities as: The Nelson Trust; The Citizen’s Advice Bureau; The City Farm in Gloucester; The Butterfly Garden in Cheltenham; The Jessie May Trust
- To companies such as: Renishaw at Wotton-under-Edge; Gloucester Services Station on the M5; Airbus and Rolls Royce at Filton.
- To schools and public service organisations: Winterbourne Academy; Gloucester Fire and Rescue Service’, Heron Primary School in Gloucester; Kemble Station
Frequently royal visits are arranged to take place to celebrate a milestone anniversary or significant investment. Often they are designed to thank people, and especially volunteers, for the work they do in and for their community.
If an organisation in which you are involved wishes to be considered for a royal visit please write in the first instance to the Lord-Lieutenant at least 9 months before an intended visit with:
- Information about the organisation to be visited
- The reason for a request at this time (e.g. opening a new building: anniversary)
- A proposal of what the visit would comprise (e.g. whom they would meet and what they would do in a visit of 45/60 minutes)