As Sovereign and Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of the Armed Forces. As The Queen’s representative, the Lord-Lieutenant maintains a close relationship with the military stationed in Oxfordshire.
The Lord-Lieutenant attends military briefings given to the serving military, the Reserve Forces and the cadets in Oxfordshire on behalf of The Crown.
He attends the annual cadet camp and makes site visits to all the stations and garrisons that are within the county. As The Queen’s representative, the Lord-Lieutenant will take the salute during a parade, he will inspect the troops and also award servicemen from the Reserve Forces for exceptional service.
The bodies of servicemen who have died overseas are repatriated to the UK at RAF Brize Norton. A ceremony is held at RAF Brize Norton before the bodies are taken to the coroner at The John Radcliffe Hospital.
The lieutenancy is present at repatriations at RAF Brize Norton and often also at The John Radcliffe Hospital to show their respects.
Tim Stevenson, the Lord-Lieutenant was the guest of honour at the service and unveiling of the Memorial Bell in Carterton. It is in the Memorial Garden on Norton Way, which the cortege passes through. The Memorial Garden was designed by a small group of local people including the Royal British Legion, community representatives from Brize Norton and Carterton, and current and retired military personnel.
At the centre of the garden is a flag pole where the Union Flag from Royal Wootton Bassett is flown on days repatriations take place.
The Lord-Lieutenant has four cadets from each of the different units within the forces. His cadets change annually and are commissioned in to their position at the Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards Ceremony each October. To become one of Oxfordshire’s cadets visit thewebsite.
The Lord-Lieutenant holds an annual awards ceremony recognising exceptional service to members of the Reserve Forces and cadets.