THE High Sheriff of Berkshire was the speaker at this week’s evening meeting of Henley Rotary Club — and wore her full regalia.
Professor Suzanna Rose, who was sworn in almost a year ago, has lived in Henley for about 10 years and explained that High Sheriffs must live in the county or within seven miles of it. She and her husband Clive, who accompanied her, previously lived in Twyford.
Prof Rose explained the history of the office, which dates back more than 1,000 years and was created to cement the relationship between the Crown and the community. It is a much older office than that of Lord Lieutenant, now the permanent representative of the Queen in each county.
The name of each new High Sheriff is “pricked” annually by the monarch, a custom that dates back to the time of Elizabeth I, to prevent fraud.
Prof Rose, who is the sixth woman to hold the post, said she has to pay for everything herself but had persuaded a friend to act as her unpaid secretary.