The office of Lord-Lieutenant was originally created by King Henry VIII when the holder was responsible to the Crown for the maintenance of law and order and command of the local militia and all other necessary defence. In 1871 the militia were removed from the Lord Lieutenant's direct control.
Breconshire, Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire each had their own Lieutenancy until these were amalgamated into one after the creation of the County of Powys in 1974.
Her Majesty the Queen appoints a Lord Lieutenant, on the advice of the Prime Minister, to be her personal representative in each county. The Lord Lieutenant is therefore the senior constitutional figure in each county and, when acting in this official capacity, takes precedence over all others. (Where a lady holds the office, she is still known as "Lord Lieutenant".)
The principal duties, in practice, in Wales, are:
The Honourable Mrs Legge-Bourke LVO
Telephone: 01874 730674
Fax: 01873 811385
Acting Clerk to the Lieutenancy (to whom inquiries may be addressed)
Mrs Julie Shaw
Clerk to the Lieutenancy
6 Maple Ridge Close
Tel: 01597 824938
Tel: 0797 442 8448