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Requests and contacts

Inviting the Lieutenant Governor to your event

To invite the Lieutenant Governor to attendyour event, please provide details in a signed letter on your organization's letterhead. Ideally, invitations shouldbe sent three months prior to the date of the event, however all invitations received will be considered. Telephone invitations cannot be accepted. Your letter should include:

  • Organization background and contacts
  • Event details, including date, time, location
  • The number of people expected to participate and the group's make up (ex: volunteers, school children, business community, general public)
  • The role you would like the Lieutenant Governor to play: visit, deliver speech, present award, attend performance, etc.

Requesting honourary patronage

The Lieutenant Governor is a patron or honourary member of many Alberta non-profit and community organizations. Patronage may be granted for a one-time eventor on an on-going basis. See Patronage for more information.

Anniversary and birthday messagesSample of a Diamond Wedding Anniversary Certificate

Upon request, the Lieutenant Governor sends greetings to Albertans celebrating birthdays of 80 or more in intervals of 5 years, and to couples celebrating wedding anniversaries of 50 years or more. To request a greeting, complete the Greeting Form (pdf) and send it to the contacts listed on the form. Please send your request eight to twelve weeks prior to the date required.

Messages from The Queen

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sends messages to Canadians who are 100 years of age or older and to couples who have been married for 60 years or more. These are issued by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada. For more information visit Governor General Congratulatory Messages. Please note that you will be asked to provide proof of age or length of marriage. Send your request six to twelve weeks before the event to ensure the message arrives on time. Messages from the Queen are mailed two weeks prior to the event.

Messages from the Governor General of Canada

The Governor General of Canada sends messages to Canadians who are 90 years of age or older at 5 year intervals and to couples who have been married for 50 years or more at 5 year intervals. To request a message, visit Governor General Congratulatory Messages.

BIRTHDAYS: (5 year intervals) ANNIVERSARIES: (5 year intervals)
100+ Queen 60+ Queen
90+ Governor General 50+ Governor General, Lieutenant Governor
80+ Lieutenant Governor 25+ Prime Minister, Premier, MP, MLA
75+ Prime Minister, Premier
65+ MP, MLA

Special messages and written greetings from the Lieutenant Governor

The Lieutenant Governor recognizes special events and community milestones by sending messages of congratulations and support. Requests should be sent at least six weeks prior to the event. For more information, contact the Lieutenant Governor's Office at (780) 427-7243 or LTgov@gov.ab.ca.

Photographs of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Governor General

Photographs of Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are available online or by calling 1-800-622-6232. Photographs of Her Majesty can also be obtained from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor by calling 780-427-7243. Photos of the Governor General can be obtained by calling Rideau Hall at 1 800 465-6890.

The Lieutenant Governor in Council political requests

The position of the Lieutenant Governor is apolitical and thus the Lieutenant Governor does not get involved in any political activity, intervene in day-to-day issues and decisions made by Alberta government ministries or advocate for groups or individuals seeking to change government policy.

People wanting the Lieutenant Governor in Council to act upon their behalf should instead refer their request to the appropriate Government of Alberta ministry. If you have already tried to resolve the problem with the Government directly, you may wish to consult the Office of the Ombudsman of Alberta. If you chose to write the Lieutenant Governor, His Honour will forward your letter to the appropriate Minister of the Crown for his or her attention and response.

The "Lieutenant Governor in Council" appears in many government documents, such as acts of legislation. Legally, it refers to the Lieutenant Governor acting on, and with, the advice of the Executive Council or Cabinet. When the Cabinet makes a decision and it has been approved by the Lieutenant Governor, it is said to have been made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.