INVITING THE HIGH SHERIFF TO AN EVENT
current High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire can be contacted as detailed in
the ‘Present High Sheriff’ section on this website.
important to provide as much notice as possible for invitations. The
High Sheriff always has a very full diary, and it is sensible to advise
of a forthcoming event long before a formal invitation is sent out.
essential that prior to an event the High Sheriff is provided with the
fullest possible information about the event, including details of the
organisation, who will be present, the venue, parking arrangements, the
nature of the event, and the level of formality.
High Sheriff is to be invited to make a speech, it is essential that
reasonable notice is provided, and there is an opportunity for the exact
nature of the speech to be discussed and agreed well before the event.
Addressing the High Sheriff: in writing an envelope should be addressed
to 'The High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire', and the letter should start
'Dear High Sheriff', or 'Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms………….' When in company, the High
Sheriff can be addressed as 'High Sheriff', or 'Mr/Mrs/Ms….………', or by
his or her first name, if and when she or he invites it.
High Sheriff uniform (also known as Court Dress) is requested, it is
important that the event befits this attire. It is useful for the High
Sheriff to know whether the wearing of the Court Dress sword might cause
difficulty or offence, for instance in church services.
be noted that the High Sheriff is second in precedence only to the
Lord-Lieutenant throughout the ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire
(which includes Milton Keynes). Nevertheless it is customary for High
Sheriffs to defer to Mayors and local authority Chairs in their
address or speech is being made in the presence of the
Lord-Lieutenant or High Sheriff the speaker should firstly acknowledge
the presence of the representatives of the Crown, for instance
"Lord-Lieutenant, High Sheriff, Chancellor, ladies and gentlemen……….."
or "High Sheriff, Chairman, my lords, ladies and gentlemen……".
processions are being formed, the Lord-Lieutenant will take
precedence, followed by the High Sheriff. It is usual that the spouses
of each office should be included in the procession, either alongside
the L-L or HS, or in a separate grouping. Note: it is customary for High
Sheriffs to defer to Mayors and local authority Chairmen on civic
occasions in their districts.
Lord-Lieutenant has appointed the Vice-Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant
to officiate at an event in his absence, the stand-in carries the same
leading precedence as the Lord-Lieutenant himself, and the High Sheriff
also be noted that past or future High Sheriffs have no formal