Precedence and Protocol
A guide to Precedence and Protocol
In the City of Lancaster, the Mayor should be given precedence over everyone, except, Her Majesty the Queen, other members of the Royal Family that are addressed as 'His' or 'Her' Royal Highness and or a representative of Her Majesty, when they are acting in an official capacity and representing the Crown, for example the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire.
The Local Government Act 1972, Section 3(4), specifically says that 'the Mayor shall have precedence in the district, but not so as to prejudicially affect Her Majesty's royal prerogative'.
When the Mayor is to be seated, a place should reserved for the Mayor and must be on the immediate right of the Chairman or any other person presiding at any event or occasion, except when one of the persons to whom the Mayor yields precedence is present.
The Mayor's full and proper title is:
'The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Lancaster '.
The correct title for announcements, introductions or letters etc. in the first instance is:
'The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Lancaster, Councillor ....'
and then following the first instance:
'The Mayor of the City of Lancaster, Councillor....'
If the Mayor is accompanied by the Mayoress/Consort, the announcement or introduction should be:
'The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Lancaster, Councillor.... and the Mayoress/Consort, Mrs, Miss, Ms, or Mr....'
The correct form of address is:
'Mr Mayor' and even when the Mayor is a lady, she is addressed as 'Mr Mayor'. However, a 'lady' Mayor has the choice to be addressed as 'Madam Mayor'.
At all functions the Mayor will be attended by the Beadle/Mayor's Attendant, who can answer any questions on precedence or protocol.