Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester
|Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester|
|Inaugural holder||Sir William Downward
April 1, 1974
|Formation||April 1, 1974|
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The office was created on 1 April 1974. Before 1974 the area had been covered by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, and a small part by the Lord Lieutenant of the West Riding of Yorkshire. The role of the Lord Lieutenant is to "first and foremost ... to uphold the dignity of the Crown". The Lord Lieutenant also acts as Keeper of the Rolls. It also promoted the work of voluntary service and benevolent organisations.
The Lord Lieutenant is aided in his office by over 70 Deputy Lieutenants.
List of Lords-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester
|1||Sir William Downward||1 April 1974||27 January 1988|
|2||Col. Sir John Bradford Timmins||27 January 1988||11 July 2007|
|3||Warren James Smith||11 July 2007||present|