The Bedfordshire Lieutenancy

Our website will inform and update you about how His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant and the Bedfordshire Lieutenancy can support and represent all residents of the County.

The Bedfordshire Lieutenancy is here for all of us living within the county. This website explains the role of the Lord-Lieutenant, and what the Lieutenancy can do to benefit our community. In addition, you can learn more about the national honours and awards system which recognises voluntary service, individuals and local businesses. The Lord-Lieutenant represents all of us and has a duty to always uphold the dignity of the crown.

Mrs Susan Lousada was appointed as Lord-Lieutenant for Bedfordshire in 2022 to be the King’s personal representative in the county. Working together with a team of deputy lieutenants, Susan is passionate about shining a light on all that is good within our county, by supporting our diverse communities, celebrating our heritage and culture, and championing business and educational opportunities for all.

The Bedfordshire Lieutenancy is here for all of us, and seeks to foster community cohesion, increase awareness and cooperation, across all organisations and groups.

Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire
Susan Lousada was appointed Lord-Lieutenant in September 2022 and was previously a Deputy Lieutenant for five years. Born and educated in Bedfordshire, Susan has lived all but four years of her life in the county. She has over 20 years' experience of running a family business and continues to be a director of a property and investment company.
Helping You
From requesting Royal and Lieutenancy Visits and landmark messages to making nominations for Honours and King's Awards - see how the Lieutenancy can help you.
Lieutenancy Area
The Bedfordshire Lieutenancy covers Bedfordshire including the towns Bedford and Luton. Its aim is to promote its people, culture, diversity, heritage and history by serving its communities and encouraging engagement, voluntary service and achievement across all groups and sectors.
Honours & Awards
The Lord-Lieutenant is sometimes called upon to make presentations on behalf of HM The King. Some National Awards, such as the OBE and MBE, may need to be presented locally if a recipient is unable to attend an investiture.
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Latest News & Events
Sun 11th February
Mark Hardy, DL and his wife joins the Ampthill Civic Service hosted by Susan Clinch, Mayor of Ampthill.
Mon 5th February
Bedford Foodbank opens their new premises in Bedford. HM The Lord Lieutenant was joined by Tom Wootton, Mayor of Bedford, FACES Bedford & Love In A Bag, Bedford for the celebration.
Sat 1st July
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Susan Lousada, is delighted that three Bedfordshire-based companies are among the winners in the 2023 King’s Awards for Enterprise. Formerly known as the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, these prestigious business awards are announced annually.
Wed 26th April
Around 500 people came together on Wednesday 26th April at The County Church of St Paul in Bedford to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Sir Samuel Whitbread who passed away on Tuesday 17th January 2023.
Thu 23rd March
The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire for 2023/2024 was installed on Friday 24th March 2023. Russell Beard, who succeeded Lady Clifford, was sworn in at a ceremony held at Bedford Modern School.
Tue 6th December
The King visited the Town Hall Luton, Guru Nanak Gurdwara Luton and DART Luton.
Sat 1st October
The Queen's Green Canopy project aimed to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee and subsequently honoured Her Majesty’s memory following her death.
Coronation Champions
The Coronation Champions have now been named.
Follow the link below to discover the outstanding people who go the extra mile in the community to make Bedfordshire a better place to live in.
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