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Diamond Jubilee Medal Presentation
Added By: Mark Fagg -04th October 2012 07:46
Diamond Jubilee medal Presentation 2nd October 2012

The Team gathered at Portland MRCC to be presented with our Diamond Jubilee Medals.
We joined our colleagues from Portland MRCC who also received theirs.


Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers, the 37th Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset who is the first female to hold the office presented us with our medals individually

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The Office of Lord-Lieutenant was created during the reign of Henry VIII, taking over the military duties of the Sheriff and control of the military forces of the Crown. From 1569, there was provision for the appointment of Deputies, and in 1662 the Lord-Lieutenant was given entire control of the militia. The Forces Act of 1871 transferred this function back to the Crown, and in 1921, the office lost its power to call upon men of the County to fight in case of need.

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Lord-Lieutenants are appointed by The Queen for each county in the United Kingdom, to represent the Crown. They are non-political and retire at the age of 75. The post is unpaid.

The five main duties of the Lord-Lieutenant are:

•Arranging visits to the county by members of the Royal family and escorting Royal visitors
•Presenting medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty, and advising on honours nominations
•As Custos Rotolorum, leading local judicial body as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace
•Liaising with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army (and Territorial Army), Royal Air Force and their associated cadet forces
•Participating in civic and voluntary activities
The Dorset Lieutenancy covers the County of Dorset and the Boroughs of Poole and Bournemouth.

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