Portsmouth was granted Letters Patent in 1926, providing that Portsmouth would henceforth be a city and in 1928 further letters patent provided that the Chief Magistrate should be called the Lord Mayor.

Before local government reorganisation in 1974 any citizen could be Lord Mayor, although in practice it was usually a member of the council. After 1974 it was a requirement that the Lord Mayor had to be a serving member of the elected council. The Lord Mayor nominates the Lady Mayoress or Consort.

The Lord Mayor is keen to visit all aspects of the community during their year of office. If you have a function or engagement that you wish the Lord Mayor to attend, please print, complete and return the ‘Provisional enquiry to invite the Lord Mayor’.

For more information, email lordmayorsoffice@portsmouthcc.gov.uk, phone 023 9283 4706 or write to The Lord Mayor’s Office, Guildhall 2nd Floor, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AJ.