Their main duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown. In doing so they will organise official Royal visits to their county by any member of the Royal Family and will escort the Royal visitors in their area.

They will ensure that the royal household is kept aware of local events and issues and particularly of any notable achievements by people in their county.

They will liaise with local units of the Armed Services and Cadet Units, they will participate in many social and voluntary activities in their county.

Lord-Lieutenants are responsible for recommending awards to those meriting such and to ensure those who have been outstanding in service are invited to Her Majesty's Garden parties at Holyrood Palace.

Lord-Lieutenants represent Her Majesty at Citizenship Ceremonies. They will also present decorations, awards to industry, Scout and Guide awards and those for Voluntary Service.