Chairman arranges surprise to congratulate Lord Lieutenant
County Council Chairman Brian Roberts arranged a special surprise to honour HM Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, at today's (25 July) Full Council meeting.
Last month Sir Henry was awarded the prestigious honour, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO). The award, which is personally granted by Her Majesty The Queen, recognises the hard work and commitment Sir Henry has made over the years in serving as The Queen's representative, in Buckinghamshire and the South East region. The order of chivalry was first established in 1889 by Queen Victoria. It is often referred to as the Queen's Gift because it comes directly from the monarch.
Addressing the audience at the meeting, Brian Roberts acknowledged Sir Henry's achievement and congratulated him before a group of local cadets entered the Council Chamber carrying a magnum of champagne to present to Sir Henry.
Speaking afterwards Brian Roberts said: "On behalf of the County Council I wanted to do something special to congratulate Sir Henry. This is a huge honour and one that he truly deserves. In his time as Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry has worked tirelessly in representing HM The Queen at all manner of events and occasions. To have been personally bestowed with this honour by The Queen herself speaks volumes and demonstrates the highest level of gratitude and appreciation for the service Sir Henry has given in his role as Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire."
Sir Henry has served as the county's Lord Lieutenant for 14 years. His duties include arranging visits to the county by members of the royal family, presenting medals and awards on behalf of HM The Queen, participating in civic, voluntary and social activities and liaising with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and associated cadet forces. Sir Henry will retire from his role in 18 months time when he reaches the age of 75.
IN THE PHOTO: Chairman Brian Roberts with the cadets and Sir Henry.
From left, Cadet Madeline Smith of No 1365 (Aylesbury) Sqn Air Training Corps, Cadet Warrant Officer Amy Tarrant of No 1811 (Marlow) Sqn Air Training Corps (HM LL ATC Cadet), HM Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry-Fletcher, Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council, Brian Roberts and Cadet Sergeant Sebastian Smith of No 1365 (Aylesbury) Sqn Air Training Corps