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Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire

The Lord-Lieutenant is Her Majesty The Queen's representative in the county. The present Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire is Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton. Her appointment covers the whole historic County of Wiltshire, which is administered by Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council. The Lord-Lieutenant appoints Deputy Lieutenants to assist and support her in the County and appoints one of these as the Vice Lord-Lieutenant.

The Lord-Lieutenant, Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants are collectively referred to as the Lieutenancy.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire

Lord-Lieutenants are appointed by the Sovereign on the advice of the Prime Minister, and the document by which the appointment is confirmed is described as Letters Patent under the Great Seal. This impressive document is still prepared in the traditional way on vellum.

Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton is Her Majesty The Queen's representative in Wiltshire and took up the post of HM Lord-Lieutenant in February 2012. She lives near Swindon with her husband Peter and they have three children and nine grandchildren. She has held several voluntary positions both within and outside Wiltshire for a number of years and was particularly involved with the Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon and Youth Action Wiltshire. 

Mrs Troughton maintains a keen interest in all aspects of life within Wiltshire as a whole, including council services, commerce and industry, the Armed Forces, along with many voluntary, community and charity groups and organisations. She is greatly supported by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant Mr William Wyldbore-Smith and a loyal group of Deputy Lieutenants from all corners of the county. 

A keen gardener, she was formerly Chairman of the Chelsea Physic Garden in London. She paints as a hobby and was previously Vice-Chairman of Patrons of British Art and on the Friends Council of the Tate Gallery.

Peter Troughton is a member of the Salisbury Diocesan Finance Board, chairman of the Devizes Assize Court and a trustee of the Rothschild Foundation. He chairs the Future Programme Board for the Royal Collection. He recently retired as Pro-Chancellor and former chairman of Council of the University of Bath and as a trustee of the National Gallery. Following eight years in HM Diplomatic Service, he had a career in both listed and public companies in commerce and the City. He was awarded a CBE in 2015. Peter enjoys walking up mountains in the summer and skiing down them in winter. 

Mrs Troughton is involved with a number of charities, appeals and trusts in the county.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant

Mr Wyldbore-Smith has been involved with many charities, and has also undertaken a number of professional and public appointments in Wiltshire over the last 30 years; associated with business enterprise, young people and the community.

He was Head of the Private Client Section of Thrings Solicitors until retiring in 2013, the Under Sheriff of Wiltshire 1987-2005, the High Sheriff of Wiltshire 2013-14 and has also served as a Deputy Lieutenant since 2003. He is Chairman of the Brunel SEN Multi-Academy Trust, Vice-Chair of the Wiltshire Community Foundation and supports a range of other organisations such as the Marlborough College Foundation and the Wiltshire Victoria History Trust.

William lives in Calne, Wiltshire.

In addition, there are up to 36 Deputy Lieutenants appointed in Wiltshire.

Find out more about the Deputy Lieutenants

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Lord Lieutenant's Cadets

Lord Lieutenant's Cadets are appointed annually in October. They are nominated by the Sea Cadets Corps, the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps for their outstanding contribution to their respective Cadet Units.

The Cadets support the Lord-Lieutenant on special occasions such as Royal visits, Remembrance Services and ceremonial occasions.

Lord Lieutenant Cadets 2020-2021:

  • Cadet Warant Officer Charlotte Smith (RAF Air Cadets) 
  • Colour Serjeant Matt Hodgson (Army Cadet Force)
  • Corporal Ellie Hendricks (Army Cadet Force) 
  • Cadet Flight Sergeant Saffron Sharpe (RAF Air Cadets)

Lieutenancy Flag

The flag which is occasionally used by the Lord-Lieutenant is correctly described as a "Union Flag charged with a sword fesswise and ensigned with the Imperial Crown proper". The flag is not used by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant or Deputy Lieutenants.