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Hats off as Queen's man retires

Sir Norman Lloyd-Edwards
Sir Norman Lloyd-Edwards retires after 18 years' service

After nearly 18 years of service the Queen's representative in south Glamorgan is stepping down.

Sir Norman Lloyd-Edwards is retiring from his post as Lord Lieutenant on his 75th birthday.

During his time, he has been involved in setting up Royal visits as well as carrying out functions on behalf of the monarchy.

Sir Norman said his last engagement with Prince Harry last week has rounded off his role.

He said his first Royal visit was with Prince and Princess of Wales who brought their then young son William to Wales.

And Sir Norman added: "Last week I received Prince Harry, his brother, for the first time - and the first time for him to do a public engagement outside his army career - and I thought isn't that splendid."

Sir Norman was appointed by the Queen, after being recommended by the Prime Minister of the day.

It's not a job that's open to application.

"There was no ceremony, no hand-over. I went to bed one day an ordinary chap and woke up the following day with a sort of cap on my head," he said.

He said one of the visits that was memorable was when the Queen visited Cardiff.

"The one that really stands out is the first visit by the Queen which came within a year of my being appointed," he said.

"I was approached by the National Museum to ask if the Queen would open the new wing for the art collection, pointing out that her grandfather had opened the original museum in the 1920s.

"I thought afterwards of about eight different things for her to do and to my amazement they approved of them all and the result was the Queen came for two consecutive days and that was an absolute dream."

It hasn't all been plain sailing though - and the former Lord Lieutenant remembers one time when he made a slight mistake.

He said he met the Queen at the airport and when the group were then embarked on a journey, he and another took their caps off.

Sir Norman said it was pointed out to him that, even when you are in the Queen's presence, you must keep to the uniform.

As for meeting the great and the good, the Lord Lieutenant said he particularly likes Prince Charles.

"Well, I have got favourites - of course I have - but I am not allowed to say," he laughed.

"I must say I get on with them all extremely well.

"I think Prince Charles is an absolutely super man. Some you are very pally with and others you are friendly but not quite so pally.

"But I shall miss it certainly but then on the other hand I am not going to cut off totally from public life.

"If I sat in a rocking chair I'd be dead within a month so I shall be out and about making myself a nuisance probably - but there's lots of work to be done," he added.

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