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Lord-Lieutenant of Fife

The Lord-Lieutenant of Fife is Mr Robert Balfour who was appointed in December 2014.

The Lord-Lieutenant is appointed by The Queen on the recommendation of the First Minister, and on the advice of the Prime Minister.

Within the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Lord Provost is the Lord-Lieutenant.

Lord-Lieutenants are not paid and only receive expenses such as travel costs incurred on official duties.

Lord-Lieutenants, whether male or female, are addressed as “Lord-Lieutenant”.

The Lord-Lieutenant is expected to:

  • promote a good atmosphere
  • promote a spirit of co-operation
  • encourage voluntary services
  • encourage benevolent organisations
  • take interest in the local business, industrial and social life of the area  


As Her Majesty’s representative, the Lord-Lieutenant does not take part in political activities.

In particular, the Lord-Lieutenant:

  • arranges visits to the region by Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family
  • escorts Royal visitors and, on occasion, visiting Heads of State
  • represents The Queen during inspections of the Guards of Honour
  • takes part in various ceremonial functions
  • recommends people for invitation to Her Majesty’s Garden Parties at the Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • assesses nominations for honours and awards and encourages nominations for both
  • presents medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen


The Lord-Lieutenant may also appoint Deputy Lieutenants.  There are nineteen Deputy Lieutenants in Fife.

As Her Majesty’s representative, the Lord-Lieutenant takes precedence over other dignitaries attending events including Ministers of the Crown and Conveners/Provosts of Councils.

The Lord-Lieutenant and the deputies provide advice and help with:

  • requests for Royal Visits
  • nominations for Honours Awards
  • The Queens Award for Voluntary Service
  • The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise
  • invitations to Her Majesty’s Garden Parties at the Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • congratulatory messages from The Queen to those local residents celebrating Diamond Wedding anniversaries or 100th Birthdays

Linda Bissett, Head of Democratic Services 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 23 01 Contact Linda Bissett online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

Lynda Birrell, Lead Officer - Democratic Services & Management Support 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 03 36 Contact Lynda Birrell online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

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