In the United Kingdom, a Deputy Lieutenant is one of several deputies to the Lord-Lieutenant of an English ceremonial county, Welsh preserved county, Scottish lieutenancy area, or Northern Irish county borough or county. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The title Lord Lieutenant is given to the British Monarch 's personal representatives in the United Kingdom, usually in a county or similar circumscription with varying The ceremonial counties are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government as the Counties for the purposes of the Lieutenancies The Preserved counties of Wales are the current areas used in Wales for ceremonial purposes such as Lieutenancy. The Lieutenancy areas of Scotland are the areas used for the ceremonial lord-lieutenants, the monarch 's representatives in Scotland. County borough is a term introduced in 1889 in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (excluding Scotland) to refer to a Borough or a City Since the late 16th century the Island of Ireland has been divided into 32 counties ( Irish language contae or condae
In titles, the suffix DL may be added; e. g. John Brown, CBE, DL. However, it is generally omitted if the subject has many honours and titles. The relevant Act of Parliament is the Lieutenancies Act 1997. The Lieutenancies Act 1997 (1997 c 23 is an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom, that defines areas that Lord-Lieutenants are appointed to in Deputy lieutenants are chosen by the local Lord-Lieutenant, to assist him with any duty that may be required of him. They receive their commission only when the Secretary of State communicates that Her Majesty the Queen does not disapprove of the appointment. The maximum number of Deputy Lieutenants allowed in a county may be several dozen, and is related to the population of that county. DLs tend to be people who either have served the local community, or have a history of service in other fields. They may represent the Lord-Lieutenant in his (or her) absence. This would include local ceremonies and official events, from opening exhibitions to inductions of vicars.
DLs must live within the county, or within seven miles of the boundary. Their appointment does not terminate with the changing of the Lord-Lieutenant. They usually retire at age 75.
One of the serving Deputy Lieutenants is appointed as Vice Lord-Lieutenant, and under most circumstances will stand in for the Lord-Lieutenant when he cannot be present. The appointment as Vice Lord-Lieutenant does, however, end when the Lord-Lieutenant who made the appointment leaves his/her post.