The Lord-Lieutenant is The King’s representative in Gwent and his first and foremost duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent

Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE

The Role of His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant

The Lord-Lieutenant has pledged to involve himself in all aspects of life within the County including its civic, voluntary, business and social life.

The Lieutenancies Act 1997 has ensured that the County of Gwent remains a preserved County, that is, one of the Counties in Wales that existed immediately before the passing of the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994.

As the appointed representative of The King in the County, the Lord-Lieutenant is the first citizen in the County and takes precedence on all occasions. The only exceptions are occasions of municipal business e.g. Mayoral Inauguration or Freedom ceremonies, and (of course) when a member of the Royal Family is present.

The Lord-Lieutenant’s role is, like the Monarch’s, essentially non-political.

The duties are many and varied but may be broadly classified under the following headings:

Royal Visits

To arrange visits by members of the Royal Family and to escort Royal visitors.


To represent The King, including duties with the Armed Forces and presenting certain honours, medals and awards.

Awards & Nominations

To assess nominations for honours, both personal and for The King’s Award for Voluntary Service and to encourage good nominations for both.

Military Liaison

To liaise with local units of Royal Navy, Army and RAF and their associated Cadet Forces.


To attend ceremonial, military and wreath laying ceremonies on behalf of His Majesty The King.

Keeper of The Rolls

As Keeper of the Rolls to lead the local Magistracy as Chairman of The Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace.

Social & Business

To be involved in the business, civic and social life in the County and the voluntary sector as President or Patron of a number of organisations.

Deputy Lieutenants

The Lord Lieutenant appoints a number of Deputy Lieutenants to assist him in his duties, and is supported by a Clerk to the Lieutenancy.

In October 2022, the Lord Lieutenant appointed Dame Claire Clancy DCB DL as his Vice Lord Lieutenant. Her role is to deputise for the Lord Lieutenant when he is unavailable.

Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE

Brigadier Aitken was appointed by The Queen as Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent in March 2016. He has lived in Gwent since childhood.

Following a choral scholarship to Oxford, Brigadier Aitken was commissioned in the Royal Regiment of Wales. His military career lasted 34 years during which he was awarded a CBE.

Since leaving the Army, he has worked at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, for the charity Music in Hospitals, and for the mental health charity Hafal supporting veterans' mental health projects.
He is married with 2 sons and lives near Cwmbran.

The County of Gwent

Gwent is a preserved county and a former local government county in south-east Wales. It was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, and was named after the ancient Kingdom of Gwent. The authority was a successor to both the administrative county of Monmouthshire (with minor boundary changes) and the county borough of Newport

Under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994, Gwent was abolished on 1 April 1996. However, it remains one of the preserved counties of Wales for the ceremonial purposes of Lieutenancy and High Shrievalty, and its name also survives in various titles, e.g. Gwent Police.
Gwent County Map Lord Lieutenant
The former administrative county was divided into several districts: Blaenau Gwent, Islwyn, Monmouth, Newport and Torfaen. The successor unitary authorities are the Blaenau Gwent County Borough, Caerphilly County Borough (part of which came from Mid Glamorgan), Monmouthshire (which covers the eastern 60% of the historic county), City of Newport and Torfaen County Borough.

In 2003 the preserved county of Gwent expanded to include the whole of Caerphilly County Borough. In 2021, the population of this enlarged area was estimated as 587,700, making it the most populous of the preserved counties of Wales.

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