Royal Visits - Remembrance - Sitting - Church Services

Royal Visits

Each year the Queen and other members of the Royal family attend nearly 3,000 visits throughout the United Kingdom.

Official functions often feature prominently in such visits, including opening new buildings, meeting local dignitaries and visiting businesses, schools, hospitals and other public buildings as well as community schemes, military units and charities.

As patrons of over 3,000 charities, members of the Royal Family also visit a large number of charity organisations and projects each year.

The best initial point of contact for Kincardineshire visits by any member of the Royal Family is via the Lord-Lieutenant, who is responsible for advising on invitations and for co-ordinating the programme of any Royal visitor.

The Lord-Lieutenant will then liaise with Buckingham Palace, the private Office of the prospective Royal visitor and the host organisation.

Invitations to members of the Royal Family are welcomed, although not all can be fulfilled owing to the large numbers.

Each invitation is given careful consideration, and in some cases another member of the Royal Family will be able to attend instead.

All invitations to the Queen or any member of the Royal Family for future engagements in Kincardineshire can be directed to: the Clerk to the Lieutenancy.


In the United Kingdom, Remembrance Sunday is the day "to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civillian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts". It is held on the second Sunday in November - the Sunday nearest to 11 November, Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War at 11am in 1918.

Across Kincardineshire, Remembrance Sunday is marked by ceremonies at local war memorials in towns and villages, attended by civic dignitaries, ex-servicemen and -women (many are members of the Royal British Legions and other veterans' organisations), members of local armed forces regular and reserve units (Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marines and Royal Marines Reserve, Army and Territorial Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Auxiliary Air Force).

Military cadet forces (Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps as well as the Combined Cadet Force) and youth organisations (e.g Scouts, Boys' Brigade, Girls' Brigade and Guides) also attend. Wreaths of remembrance poppies are laid on the memorials and two minutes' silence is held at 11am.

The Lord-Lieutenant, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant and all the Deputy Lieutenants are invited by the Royal British Legion to visit their respective local services as representatives of the Monarchy. They lead the procession and should lay their wreaths first on behalf of the Queen.


At other functions, the Lord-Lieutenant should be seated in the same place as you would seat a member of the Royal Family - as a principal guest.
Issues relating to protocol and precedence can be clarified in consultation with the Lord-Lieutenant's office.

Church Services and seating

At funerals, the Lord-Lieutenant or her representative (unless attending in personal capacity) always enters the church last (two minutes before the start of the service or before the coffin) and always leaves straight after the family. For other church services, the Lord-Lieutenant or her representative enters last or leaves first. The usual arrangement is for the Lord-Lieutenant to be seated at the front of the nave on the south side. For funerals, if the family is on the south side, the Lord-Lieutenant sits on the north side at the front and on the aisle edge.

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Kincardineshire still exists as the ancient county title with defined geographical boundaries. The Lord Lieutenant is Her Majesty the Queen's representative for the country. Aberdeenshire is only the name of the Local Authority and not part of the postal address. Please continue to use "Kincardineshire" as your postal address, as permitted by Royal Mail.