The Lord Mayor and Sheriff

Southampton's coat of armsSouthampton's 801st Right Worshipful Mayor, and second Lord Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Valerie Laurent, was sworn in at a 'Mayor Making' ceremony on Wednesday 17 May 2023.

A series of special Lord Mayor events in support of the Lord Mayor's chosen charities will take place through the year. You can find out more about these below. 

Honorary Admiral of the Port

The Lord Mayor of Southampton is the Honorary Admiral of the Port.

Originally Maritime trade and domestic maritime problems were handled by common law. This was until the 14th century, when local customs started to be relied on to deal with these matters. Over time maritime law and jurisdiction developed in boroughs which were home to ports, such as Southampton.

Southampton is where, it is said, the first admiralty courts were held, soon after Henry VI’s specific grant in 1451.

These honours were bestowed to acknowledge the tremendous contribution the port had made to the country by "the eminence it had attained in overseas trade" and the Lord Mayors "Admiralty Jurisdiction" extended from Hurst Castle in the West to Langstone on the East - and included Portsmouth. Power was given to the mayor to exercise all the functions of Admiral of England within the town and port of Southampton.

As Admiral of the Port, the Lord Mayor also has their own flag, a traditional Admirals Flag of red St. George’s Cross on a white background with a black anchor motif in the canton.

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Lord Mayor and Sheriff's diaries

Lord Mayor's charity events SHOW

Lord Mayor Laurent's diary summary SHOW

Sheriff's diary summary SHOW

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The Lord Mayor's Office provides support for the Lord Mayor and Sheriff. The office manages their diaries and provides information and guidance for groups and organisations who wish to invite the Lord Mayor to events.