Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire

The Lord-Lieutenant is Her Majesty The Queen's representative in the county. The present Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire is Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton. Her appointment covers the whole historic County of Wiltshire, which is administered by Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council. The Lord-Lieutenant appoints Deputy Lieutenants to assist and support her in the County and appoints one of these as the Vice Lord-Lieutenant.

The Lord-Lieutenant, Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants are collectively referred to as the Lieutenancy.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire

Lord-Lieutenants are appointed by the Sovereign on the advice of the Prime Minister, and the document by which the appointment is confirmed is described as Letters Patent under the Great Seal. This impressive document is still prepared in the traditional way on vellum.

Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton is Her Majesty The Queen's representative in Wiltshire and took up the post of HM Lord-Lieutenant in February 2012. She lives in Wanborough near Swindon with her husband Peter and they have three children and nine grandchildren. She has held several voluntary positions both within and outside Wiltshire for a number of years and was particularly involved with the Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon and Youth Action Wiltshire.

Mrs Troughton maintains a keen interest in all aspects of life within Wiltshire as a whole, including council services, commerce and industry, the Armed Forces, along with many voluntary, community and charity groups and organisations. She is greatly supported by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant Mr William Wyldbore-Smith and a loyal group of Deputy Lieutenants from all corners of the county.

A keen gardener, she was formerly Chairman of the Chelsea Physic Garden in London. She paints as a hobby and was previously Vice-Chairman of Patrons of British Art and on the Friends Council of the Tate Gallery.

Mr Peter Troughton is a member of the Salisbury Diocesan Finance Board, chairman of the Devizes Assize Court Trust and a trustee of the Rothschild Foundation. He recently retired as a trustee of the Royal Collection and as Pro-Chancellor of the University of Bath. Following eight years in HM Diplomatic Service, he had a career in both listed and public companies in commerce and the City. He was awarded a CBE in 2015 and a CVO in 2021. Peter enjoys walking up mountains in the summer and skiing down them in winter.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant

Mr William Wyldbore-Smith was appointed Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire in March 2019.

He lives near Calne with his wife, Prisca and they have one daughter, who lives in Ramsbury with her husband and two children. His professional career, as a solicitor, spanned 40 years, working in London, Bristol and Wiltshire. He retired in 2013 as the Head of Private Client with Thrings. During that period he was involved in several capacities in the voluntary sector, starting in the 1980's with the Enterprise Agency movement in Bristol, then in Wiltshire. He was a board member of the Wiltshire and Bath Health Authority from 1993-96 and became a trustee of Youth Action Wiltshire in 1996.

He was appointed Under-Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1987, retiring in 2005. In 2003 he became a Deputy Lieutenant.

For the year 2013-14 he served as the High Sheriff of Wiltshire and following on from that has held a number of positions in public life: since 2014 as a Founder Member and Chairman of Trustees of the Brunel SEN Multi-Academy Trust in Swindon, Trustee then Vice-Chairman of the Wiltshire Community Foundation 2014-2019, Trustee of the Marlborough College Foundation 2014-19, since 2012 Trustee of the Westcountry Rivers Trust. He is Patron or Vice-Patron/President of UET, Community First and Wiltshire Victoria History Trust, a trustee of local charities and currently a Churchwarden of the Church of St Martin, Bremhill.

In addition, there are around 30 Deputy Lieutenants appointed in Wiltshire.

Find out more about the Deputy Lieutenants

Deputy Lieutenant biographies (PDF) [135KB] (opens new window)

Lord Lieutenant's Cadets

Lord Lieutenant's Cadets are appointed annually in October. They are nominated by the Sea Cadets Corps, the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps for their outstanding contribution to their respective Cadet Units.

The Cadets support the Lord-Lieutenant on special occasions such as Royal visits, Remembrance Services and ceremonial occasions.

Lord Lieutenant Cadets 2020-2021:

  • Cadet Warant Officer Charlotte Smith (RAF Air Cadets)
  • Colour Serjeant Matt Hodgson (Army Cadet Force)
  • Corporal Ellie Hendricks (Army Cadet Force)
  • Cadet Flight Sergeant Saffron Sharpe (RAF Air Cadets)

Lieutenancy Flag

The flag which is occasionally used by the Lord-Lieutenant is correctly described as a "Union Flag charged with a sword fesswise and ensigned with the Imperial Crown proper". The flag is not used by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant or Deputy Lieutenants.