Talk on position of the Lord Lieutenant

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Members of Forfar Probus Club were delighted to welcome Mrs Georgiana Osborne, Lord Lieutenant of Angus to address them at their most recent meeting.

President Les Craib read out her impressive CV culminating in Mrs Osborne’s appointment to the post in 2001 before she explained that, succeeding the Earls of Airlie, Dalhousie and Strathmore she was the first in Angus and only the third lady in Scotland to hold the position.

The post of Lord Lieutenant dates back to the reign of Henry VIII when they held a military position, responsible to the monarch in their own area of the country for keeping order, security and raising a local militia in support of the crown.

Nowadays the duties concern arranging visits of the Royal Family to Angus, presentation of medals and honours, civic events such as opening buildings and support for the voluntary sector and armed forces.

To help her carry these out, Mrs Osborne has a lieutenant’s clerk for administration and 14 deputies scattered around the County who regularly stand in for her in their own locality. Delivering Queen’s telegrams to diamond wedding couples and those reaching 100 years old is just one of these duties. She delighted her audience with stories behind the scenes of great events, including the wedding of William and Kate. To finish, she encouraged her audience to spread the word and hoped that the Glamis Gathering on May 20 next year would be a great day of celebration and a fitting Angus tribute to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee.

Maurice MacLean proposed the vote of thanks.