The Lord Lieutenant
The office of Lord-Lieutenant dates from the first appointment by King Henry VIII and has its origins in the military when the holder became responsible for local military defence and the maintenance of order.
In modern times the traditional link with the military is preserved through the Lord-Lieutenant's association with the Territorial Army, the cadet forces and other uniformed and voluntary organisations.
One of the functions of the Lord-Lieutenant is to promote the Honours system. Anyone in the UK can make a recommendation for a British National to receive an honour.