The Queen’s work is never done

Glenrothes man Rube Fernando, with Lord Lieutenant Margaret Dean
Glenrothes man Rube Fernando, with Lord Lieutenant Margaret Dean

A GLENROTHES man has been describing the work he carries out on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, reports KEVIN QUINN.

The Lord Lieutenancy is an organisation that represents the Queen and carries out all manner of tasks on her and the Royal Family’s behalf.

Glenrothes man Rube Fernando is the Deputy Lieutenant of Fife. He explained more about his duties.

He said: “I first got involved about two or three years ago.

“Basically our main thing is helping to organise the Queen’s garden parties.

“It’s my job to invite people from the local community, I nominate families from the local area to go to the party, those who have done good things for their community.

“And, for people in the area that turn 100 we are responsible for passing on flowers and a card from the Queen. And we meet them and talk to them.

“We also give flowers and cards for diamond wedding anniversaries.

“There is other things we do too. It just depends on what happens.

“For example when Prince Andrew visited a factory in Glenrothes, we had to organise everything for the visit.”

The title Lord Lieutenant is given to the British monarch’s personal representatives in the United Kingdom. Those chosen to take part are usually a retired local notable, senior military officer, peer or business person.

Mr Fernando, a local businessman, is happy to help out for this voluntary organisation and is currently making plans for the Queen’s Jubilee.

He said: “I enjoy it, it’s good for community spirit. It’s all about building relationships locally and keeping involved with the Royal Family.

“In Fife there is members in every town, I think there is about 20 of us, all responsible for our own area.

“There are other little things planned for the Queen’s Jubilee. There is something happening in Glenrothes but it hasn’t been confirmed yet so I can’t say anything.”

Although lieutenants were appointed to a few counties from about 1715, it was not until 1794 that permanent lieutenancies in Scotland were established by Royal Warrant.