The Lord Lieutenant is the Queen's Representative in County Down. The current Lord Lieutenant is David Lindsay & he was appointed in September 2012 & will retire in September 2021. Her Majesty the Queen approved the appointment of his successor on 12th May 2021 as Gawn Rowan Hamilton and he will take over as Lord Lieutenant on 25th September 2021. The Lord Lieutenant is assisted by a Vice Lord Lieutenant & up to 30 Deputy Lieutenants. They will each normally serve until their 75th birthday.