Queen appoints new Lord-Lieutenant of Essex

PUBLISHED: 22:31 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:23 26 June 2017

Lord Lieutenant of Essex Lord Petre, who is retiring from the role in August. Picture: PAUL STARR

Lord Lieutenant of Essex Lord Petre, who is retiring from the role in August. Picture: PAUL STARR

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The Queen has appointed a new Lord-Lieutenant of Essex to replace Lord Petre upon his retirement from the royal representative role in August.

Jennifer Tolhurst, a current deputy lieutenant, will take over from Lord Petre – who will stand down on August 4 after turning 75 – the obligatory retirement age for the sovereign’s representatives.

Mrs Tolhurst, a former High Sheriff of Essex, said: “I am extremely honoured to have been appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Essex.

“It will be a tremendous challenge to follow Lord Petre who has given such wonderful service to the county of Essex, but I will do my absolute best to fulfil the role, and represent Her Majesty the Queen in our very special county.”

Mrs Tolhurst, who lives in Danbury with her husband Philip, launched the Danbury and Little Baddow branch of the NSPCC and chaired the Prince’s Youth Business Trust in Essex, while also serving as a magistrate and vice chairman of governors of New Hall School.

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