Tributes to county’s first female Lord Lieutenant

Tributes have been paid to a former lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret who was the only woman to be Lord Lieutenant of the county.

Lady Juliet Townsend gave up the role of Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, which saw her become the Queen’s representative in the county, in June. She had been in the role since 1998 and was a familiar face at civic events.

Her appointment made her the first, and so far only, woman to take the title since its creation 450 years ago.

Her husband, John, said she was just pleased to get on with a job she grew to adore.

He said: “You couldn’t do the job of Lord Lieutenant for so long without having a love of talking to people and that description fitted her completely. She could have a good converstaion with anyone, from the man on the street to the Queen.”

Lady Juliet, who died on Saturday aged 73, wrote a guide book to the county in 1964, visiting every Northants town and village. She became a lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret in 1966.

A memorial service will be held at All Saints Church in Northampton in January.