Lieutenancy area

This map shows the lieutenancy county boundaries of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire. Each county has its own Lord-Lieutenant. Aberdeenshire is represented by Alexander Philip Manson, Banffshire by Mr Andrew Simpson and Kincardineshire by Mr Alastair Macphie. Aberdeen City is represented by The Lord Provost Mr Barney Crockett.

The Role of The Lord-Lieutenant

The Lord-Lieutenant is appointed by The Queen and is Her Majesty's personal representative in Aberdeenshire. His prime duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown.

In addition, his responsibilities are:

  • To organise official Royal visits to Aberdeenshire - not just by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh but by any member of the Royal Family. And on the day of the visit he escorts the Royal visitor.
  • To ensure that the Queen's Private Office is kept informed about local issues relating to Aberdeenshire. In particular for making nominations for Honours and Queen's Awards and for recommending those for invitation to Her Majesty's Garden Party held each year at The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
  • To participate in civic, voluntary and social activities within the Lieutenancy and liaise with local units of the Armed Services and their associated cadet forces.
  • To represent The Queen at Citizenship ceremonies within the county of Aberdeenshire.
  • To carry out other duties, such as the presentation of decorations (where the recipient is unable to attend an Investiture), The Queen's Awards for Export and Technology, The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, The Queen's Award for Enterprise, The Queen's Scout and Queen's Guide awards.


Among his many important roles the Lord-Lieutenant presents messages of congratulations from HM The Queen to those celebrating their 100th birthday or 60th (diamond) wedding anniversary.