Lord Lieutenant of Belfast
|Lord Lieutenant of Belfast|
|Appointer||HM Queen Elizabeth II|
|Inaugural holder||The Marquess of Londonderry|
The Lord Lieutenant of Belfast is the official representative of the Queen for the 'County Borough of Belfast', Northern Ireland. The current Lord Lieutenant is Mrs Finnouala Jay-O'Boyle CBE who was appointed in July 2014. The position was first created in 1900 and was held by the Marquess of Londonderry. The role is largely honorary with the few formal duties relating to liaising with the Queen's Private Office in the lead up to visits to the City regarding issues of local concern and the presentation of awards on behalf of the Queen. The High Sheriff of Belfast is theoretically the Queen's judicial representative in the city, while the Lord Lieutenant is the Sovereign's personal representative.
List of Lord Lieutenants
- The 6th Marquess of Londonderry: 20 February 1900 – 1904
- The 9th Earl of Shaftesbury: 19 January 1904 – 1911
- The 1st Viscount Pirrie: 4 November 1911 – 6 June 1924
- The Rt. Hon. Sir Thomas Dixon, 2nd Bt.: 7 July 1924 – 10 May 1950
- The 2nd Baron Glentoran: 11 July 1950 – 1985
- Sir Robin Kinahan: 12 August 1985 – 1991
- Eliott Wilson: 25 March 1991 – 2000
- Lady Carswell: 26 May 2000 – 8 August 2009
- Dame Mary Peters: 9 August 2009 - 6 July 2014
- Finnouala Jay-O'Boyle: 6 July 2014 -
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