Lord Lieutenants were created by Henry VIII in 1547 in order to raise soldiers from the Shires and undertake other military duties.
In 1908 during the reign of Edward VII, an Order in Council in gave the Lord Lieutenant the prime office under the Crown as the Sovereignís personal representative. After this, the High Sheriff was obliged to take second place in the county after the Lord Lieutenant, although the High Sheriff remains the Sovereignís primary representative in the County for all matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.
The present Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire is Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher. He served as High Sheriff of the county in 1995.