Lord-Lieutenant of Fife

Mr Robert Balfour, Lord-Lieutenant of Fife

Mr Robert Balfour, 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 HM 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 HM 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.  In Fife we have a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and  fifteen Deputy Lieutenants(listed below).

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 HM The Queen to those local residents celebrating Diamond Wedding anniversaries or 100th Birthdays


Our current list of Deputy Lieutenants

Mrs Fiona Robertson DL - Vice Lord-Lieutenant

Lord Balniel DL

Lord Bruce DL

Miss Elizabeth Childs DL

Mrs Evelyn Crombie DL

Earl of Dundee DL

Sir Peter Erskine DL

Mr Derek Fong DL

Col James Kinloch DL

Earl of Lindsay DL

Miss Fiona Maclachlan DL

Mr James Murray DL

Air Vice Marshall Ross Paterson OBE DL

Mr Jack Perry CBE DL

Mr Michael Wemyss of Wemyss DL

Mrs Susan Williams DL





Fife Lieutenancy Office
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 03 36 Contact Fife Lieutenancy Office online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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