Lady Euston appointed Suffolk’s first-ever female Lord Lieutenant

PUBLISHED: 09:35 24 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:12 24 December 2014

Lady Euston.

Lady Euston.

Suffolk has its first female Lord Lieutenant since the role was created during the reign of Henry VIII nearly 500 years ago.

The Queen has appointed Clare, Countess of Euston, to succeed Lord Tollemache following his retirement earlier this month.

A previous High Sheriff of Suffolk, Lady Euston lives in the west of the county between Bury St Edmunds and Thetford at the family’s Euston Estate.

She has one son – the Duke of Grafton – four daughters and seven grandchildren and is well known as a champion of her adopted home county, as well as her dedication to the Suffolk Agricultural Association and her charity work.

With a long track record of service to some of the most vulnerable people in society, Lady Euston has headed up numerous charitable organisations over the years including chairing St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds.

She has served as president of Age Concern Suffolk, deputy chair of the Suffolk Community Foundation and vice-president of the Foundation for People with Learning Difficulties.

In addition, she chaired the Suffolk Strategic Partnership Board and is currently president of the Suffolk Agricultural Association – a role which fits in with her passion for Suffolk Punch horses and Red Poll cattle, which she breeds at Euston Farm Park.

Originally from the Scottish borders, Lady Euston moved to Suffolk after marrying her husband, James Oliver Charles FitzRoy, the late Earl of Euston.

She was also previously appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Suffolk in 2005.


  • She does a lot but then she has the time. I would rather read about a hard-working person giving up valuable free time to help others. And soon we have the charade of the High Sheriff being appointed from the same ilk by that ilk! I can't say much more because 'Origami Penguin' stated it so well, but just to add that this Institution and the Monarchy actually represent the top 1% of society. that is who the whole system is there to protect. How can society have the VAST majority driven into the ground and 1% awarding themselves everything unless that top 1% know that control is under the command of those at the very top; the ones who 'understand' them. Eh what old chap!

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    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • So basically, a woman who owes everything she has to having been born in the right bed has been given the job of ensuring that people grovel sufficiently in front of another woman who owes everything she has to having been born in the right bed. I must remember to tug my forelock correctly next time I cycle past Euston Hall.

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    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Another medieval throwback that we would do well to get rid of. And we call ourselves a democracy? An unelected toff representing an unelected head of state. Time to abolish this Ruritanian pantomime and return sovereignty to the people.

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    Origami Penguin

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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