The Queen has been pleased to appoint The Viscount De L’Isle, MBE as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Kent to succeed Mr Allan Willett CMG when he retires on 24 August 2010.
Lord De L’Isle, of Penshurst Place, near Tonbridge, is the present Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Kent. He was born Philip Sidney in 1945, a descendant of the great 16th Century soldier poet. Commissioned in the Grenadier Guards in 1966, he served in a variety of posts, and was awarded an MBE in 1977.
He retired from the Army as a Major in 1979 to manage the Penshurst Place Estate.
Since 1992 he has been a Trustee of Canterbury Cathedral Trust, becoming chairman in 2007; he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent in 1996. In August 2006 he was appointed Honorary Colonel of Kent Army Cadet Force.
Lord De L’Isle married Isobel, nee Compton, in 1980, and they have two children.