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News from the West Sussex Lieutenancy

HRH Prince Harry and MEGAN MARKLE


The following statement was issued today by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper and the Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field:


We are delighted to learn that HM The Queen has bestowed upon HRH Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.   This gift restores a direct link between the Royal Family and our counties that lapsed in the mid 19th century, and we know that this will be welcomed throughout West and East Sussex.

It is our hope that the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex will soon come to share the affection we hold for our counties.  We will do all we can to encourage them to visit as frequently as their duties allow, so that they are able to appreciate the vibrancy, diversity and energy that characterise West and East Sussex.

On the occasion of their Wedding it is our privilege on behalf of the people of our counties to send our good wishes to Their Royal Highnesses, in the sincere hope that today’s celebrations will mark the beginning of a long, happy and blessed marriage.

Press here to download a full PDF copy of the press release.

HONOURS for two west sussex deputy lieutenants

Two of the county's deputy lieutenants have been decorated in the New Year Honours List:

Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO)

John Williams, MBE, DL — Formerly Clerk to the Lieutenancy of West Sussex.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

John Nelson, DL — Lately Chairman, Lloyd's of London: for services to the Global Promotion of British Business and to Diversity in the Workplace.



The Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, has announced the appointment of the following people to serve as Deputy Lieutenants for the County of West Sussex:

The Duchess of Norfolk – married to the Duke, the Earl Marshal, the couple have five children. She is well known for her charitable work in the County and is President/Patron of some forty organisations including Girlguiding West Sussex, Chichester Harbour Trust, Lodge Hill and Home-Start Arun.

Since 2010, she has been patron of Depaul International a charity whose mission is to is to end homelessness and change the lives of those affected by it. Over the years she has made many trips in a private capacity to Depaul's projects in Slovakia and Ukraine and to their services in other countries.  She is a strong advocate of Depaul's work and continues to fundraise for all the charities in the Depaul Group.

She is currently studying for a degree to become a Psychotherapist.


Mr John Booth – a resident of Arundel, he holds or has held a variety of posts including Chairman of Pallant House Gallery, Chairman, Chichester Diocesan Board of Finance, non-executive Chairman of the London Theatre Company, Guardian and Director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham; trustee of a number of educational and religious charities including Vice-Chairman of the Governing Body of St Stephen's House, Oxford, member of the Chancellor's Court of Benefactors of Oxford University; Enterprise Fellow, The Prince’s Trust.

 In 2009, he established the John Booth Charitable Foundation which supports the arts, education and religious activities.


Mr John Nelson – a resident of Bosham, he is Chairman of Chichester Harbour Trust. He is also currently Chairman of Lloyd's of London. His past appointments include Non-Executive Director of British Telecom Group plc, Chairman and Board Member of English National Opera,  Trustee of National Gallery and Chair of its Development Committee.


Mrs Denise Patterson – from Aldwick Bay, she was High Sheriff of West Sussex 2015-16. She is currently a board member of Chichester Festival Theatre. Her other activities include Patronage of St Wilfrid’s Hospice & Committee Member of the Dreambuilding campaign for a new hospice, and Bognor Regis Community Action Group, Ambassador for Girl Guiding and the Sussex Community Foundation which she helped set up with the Duke of Richmond. She is married to the novelist Jack Higgins.


Mr Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke – served as High Sheriff for West Sussex 2012-13. He is currently Managing Director of Borde Hill Garden Ltd. Four generations of the Stephenson Clarke family have continued to develop this Grade II* English Heritage Garden and Parkland outside Haywards Heath, and it has been a registered Charity since 1965. He is also a Trustee of Clothworkers Foundation and Nunn Harvey Clarke Settlement.


Mrs Hilary Tupper – from Petworth, she is married to a fellow Deputy Lieutenant, David, a farmer. She is a Trustee of Chichester Cathedral Restoration and Development Trust, Chairman of Chichester Cathedral Festival of Flowers, Chairman of the Supporters of Lodge Hill, Chairman of the Petworth Cottage Nursing Home Winter Fair, a Member of the Executive Committee of the Sussex Historic Churches Trust and Secretary, PCC St Mary’s Church, Upwaltham.


Deputy Lieutenants are appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant at her discretion, subject only to Her Majesty The Queen not disapproving of the granting of the commission. Appointment to the office of Deputy Lieutenant is in recognition of distinguished service to the community, predominantly in a voluntary capacity, or to the country or county.  There are currently 43 Deputy Lieutenants geographically spread over the county. Although military in origin, the post no longer has any military significance, but every Deputy Lieutenant undertakes to assist the Lord-Lieutenant in the performance of any duties that may be laid upon him or her. This can include representing the Lord-Lieutenant at formal functions, award ceremonies, citizenship ceremonies or attending Remembrance Day services.

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