A new Lord Lieutenant for Hampshire has been announced.

Nigel Atkinson has been appointed Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the county, succeeding Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, who held the position for more than 20 years and who retires on September 11.

Mr Atkinson said: “It is a privilege and an honour to succeed Dame Mary as Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and I much look forward to working with the county council, the voluntary and charitable sector, the armed forces, businesses and other important bodies to help further the interests of Hampshire in the coming years.

“I follow in the footsteps of an outstanding Lord-Lieutenant whose work has touched many different areas of life across the county.

“She and her husband, Captain Christopher Fagan, carried out their duties with integrity, commitment and good humour, and I, along with many others, would like to pay tribute to that.”

Dame Mary said: “I am delighted that Nigel will succeed me.

“He has done an excellent job as my vice-lord-lieutenant and I know that he will serve Her Majesty The Queen and the county very well.”

The Lord-Lieutenant’s principal duties are to represent The Queen in Hampshire, but Mr Atkinson’s responsibilities will also include arranging visits for the royal family, presenting honours and awards, being vice-chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight advisory committee on justices of the peace, supporting Reserve Forces and Cadets, as well encouraging charitable giving in the county.

Mr Atkinson added: “We are fortunate in Hampshire to have so many businesses, voluntary and state sector organisations working in harmony for our common good.

“It will be an honour for me to serve the people of Hampshire in my new role.”