For the first time in Hertfordshire's history the new Lord-Lieutenant's position for the county has been given to a woman.
The Countess of Verulam, Lady Verulam, will now be the Queen's representative in Hertfordshire and is responsible for receiving members of the Royal Family during their visits to Hertfordshire and for overseeing the arrangements concerning their programmes.
The mother of four is an artist who has had commissions for work on churches, Cliveden and Hambleton Hall and for several private clients and has exhibited her work at galleries across London.
The 52-year-old lives with her husband, the Earl of Verulam, on the Gorhambury Estate, St Albans.
Lady Verulam has been actively involved with the community for many years.
From 2002/2003 she was the Sheriff of Hertfordshire, was president of Gade Valley NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) and was patron of the St Albans Cathedral Campaign to name a few.