East Kilbride News - - SPECIAL INTERVIEW - Ste­fanie Mc­Court Ni­colle Cas­sels

Haughey is Her Majesty’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in La­nark­shire and spoke about her role to our re­porter Ste­fanie (inset) Lady Su­san Haughey is La­nark­shire’s 22nd Lord Lieu­tenant, fol­low­ing Mush­taq Ah­mad OBE.

Lord Lieu­tenants were first ap­pointed by King Henry VIII to as­sume the mil­i­tary du­ties of the Sher­iff.

To­day, the Queen ap­points Lord Lieu­tenants, on the ad­vice of the Prime Min­is­ter, to be her rep­re­sen­ta­tive in their coun­ties.

Their du­ties are var­ied and in­clude or­gan­is­ing and es­cort­ing all of­fi­cial royal vis­its to their coun­ties; pre­sent­ing dec­o­ra­tions when the re­cip­i­ent is un­able to at­tend an in­vesti­ture, pre­sent­ing the Queen’s Awards for ex­port and tech­nol­ogy, and Queen’s Scout and Guide awards.

Lord Lieu­tenants also have the honour of brief­ing the Queen’s pri­vate of­fice about is­sues re­lat­ing to their coun­ties, as­sist­ing in royal gar­den par­ties, and as­sess­ing nom­i­na­tions for The Queen’s award for vol­un­tary ser­vice.

In La­nark­shire, the Lord Lieu­tenant also of­fi­ci­ates at di­a­mond wed­ding an­niver­saries, 100th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions and cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies.

Lady Haughey’s pre­de­ces­sor, Mr Ah­mad, was ap­pointed to the role back in 2010.

He had pre­vi­ously served as a lo­cal coun­cil­lor, for al­most two decades, with Hamil­ton Dis­trict and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

He was also elected Provost of South La­nark­shire in 2003 and, as Scot­land’s first Asian provost, held this post un­til his re­tire­ment in 2007.

La­nark­shire’s longest­serv­ing Lord Lieu­tenant to date is Alexan­der Hamil­ton, 10th Duke of Hamil­ton.

He held the po­si­tion from his ap­point­ment in Novem­ber 1802 un­til he passed away Au­gust 1852 at the age of 84.

By royal ap­point­men­tLady Suc­cess Lord and Lady Haughey at their City Re­frig­er­a­tion busi­ness

Hos­pice Lady Haughey (sec­ond from right) was a driv­ing force be­hind Kil­bryde

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