His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

10 June 1921 - 9 April 2021

10 June 1921 - 9 April 2021


In a warm and heartfelt tribute HM Lord-Lieutenant for Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman said:

"This is a time of great sadness as we mourn the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.  Prince Philip, until his retirement from most public engagements at the remarkable age of 96, was the mainstay of our Royal Family and we can be very grateful for his enduring and positive influence on our national life. Perhaps he will be best remembered for the 'Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme', something he started in 1956 and which has gone from strength to strength and stood the test of time.  It is a scheme that has enriched young people's lives all over the world that is known and respected by millions, and with which he always maintained a very close involvement. 

"The Duke was well known to us locally here in Cumbria: a keen carriage driver, he was a regular competitor in our County. His list of patronages also extends to a number of Cumbrian organisations, particularly the two Outward Bound Trust centres, which he visited regularly. The Duke will be greatly missed and our thoughts and sympathy are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this difficult and painful time."

Eulogy from HM Lord-Lieutenant

The Lord-Lieutenant is Her Majesty The Queen's representative in Cumbria.  The post is unpaid and administrative support is provided by Cumbria County Council. It is his/her duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown, to give encouragement to voluntary service and to take an active interest in the business and social life of the county and the voluntary activity that goes
on in it.

The main duties of the Lord-Lieutenant are:

  • To arrange Royal Visits to Cumbria
  • To oversee local nominations for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and for attendance at Royal Garden Parties, and to represent The Queen in presenting certain Medals and Awards (including The Queen's Award for Enterprise)
  • To validate local Honours Nominations
  • To present medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty
  • To lead the local magistracy as Chairman of the Cumbria Advisory Committee on the Appointment of Justices for the Peace
  • To liaise and support local units of the Armed Forces, their veteran associations and their Cadet Forces
  • To participate in civic, voluntary and social activities

The Lord-Lieutenant for Cumbria

Claire Hensman was High Sheriff in 2007-08 and was a member of the Council of the High Sheriff's Association. She has focussed her energies on education and health, until recently a board member of the University of Cumbria and previously on the Council and as Deputy Pro-Chancellor of Lancaster University. Previous positions have included: non-executive director of Westmorland Hospital NHS Trust and General Commissioner for Income Tax. As a Trustee for various local charities, she has concentrated on the marginalised, working for disabled and disadvantaged young people, prisoners and those with alcohol and drugs problems.

Mrs Hensman lives near Kendal with her husband, Peter, and has two daughters and one son.


The Lieutenancy Office:
The Clerk to the Lieutenancy is Mrs Katherine Fairclough, Chief Executive of Cumbria County Council.

The Assistant Clerk to the Lieutenancy, to whom all initial enquiries are to be made, is:

Suzannah Walker, Assistant Clerk to the Lieutenancy, Cumbria House, 107-117 Botchergate, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1RD
Tel: 01228 221722, E-mail: Suzannah.walker@cumbria.gov.uk