Protocol and Check List of Information for Events
What is the protocol for High Sheriff’s precedence in the county?
The High Sheriff in any county is by right second only to the Lord Lieutenant (or deputy acting as Lord Lieutenant) but gives precedence to Mayors at their own civic functions. When in attendance upon High Court Judges at the Crown Court the High Sheriff has precedence.
The Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff are both appointed by, and are representatives of, the Sovereign in the county. The Lord Lieutenant is responsible for civil and civic matters, whilst the High Sheriff is responsible for law and order, i.e. for keeping the Queen’s Peace.
As a representative of the Sovereign the High Sheriff should be received at any event with the same degree of etiquette and protocol as a member of the royal family when the High Sheriff is attending in an official capacity in their own county.
How do I address a High Sheriff?
Written: Mrs Sarah Callander Beckett, High Sheriff of Cheshire
Salutation: Dear High Sheriff
In a Speech: In the preamble the High Sheriff should be referred to as High Sheriff e.g. a speech might begin, “High Sheriff, Ladies and Gentlemen…”.
Conversation: On formal occasions High Sheriff or Mrs Callander Beckett
Event Booking Form
The following event booking form must be completed by a host organisation for an engagement to be attended by the High Sheriff of Cheshire. It may be sent electronically or if preferred posted to The High Sheriff of Cheshire, Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch Shropshire SY13 4AJ