The Office of Lord Warden

Admiral the Lord Boyce GCB, OBE
Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG, GCB, OBE, DL
Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports

The Lord Warden, Admiral of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle is:
Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce, KG, GCB, OBE, DL.
Born in 1943, Lord Boyce was educated at Hurstpierpoint College and the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He joined the Royal Navy in 1961 and rose to the position of First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, in 1998. He served as Chief of the Defence Staff and Aide-de-Camp to H.M. the Queen from February, 2001. On his retirement, in 2003, Admiral Sir Michael Boyce was created a Life Peer (with the title Baron Boyce of Pimlico in the City of Westminster) and he now sits as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords. In April 2011 he was created a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter. The Lord Warden was appointed by The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister.
The Lord Warden attends Brightlingsea Choosing Day....Monday 3 December 2018

Aboard the Sailing Smack Priscilla....
The Lord Warden meets apprentices of the Pioneer Sailing Trust, who worked on the restoration

The Lord Warden receives oysters from The Deputy

....and a picture from the Immediate Past Deputy
The Deputy meets The Lord Warden at Sandwich opening of the Boat Shed....Saturday 2 July 2016
The Lord Warden at Brightlingsea
The Cinque Port Liberty of Brightlingsea was delighted to welcome Admiral the Lord Boyce to the Choosing Day ceremony on Monday 2nd December 2013. This was only the second time that a Lord Warden had attended the historic ceremony, the first time was in 1924 when Earl Beauchamp was present.

The Lord Warden with our Deputy Roger Tabor and the Mayor of Sandwich Councillor Bernard Butcher
with Assistants to the Deputy John Cole and Peter Beadles
During the 2013 Choosing Day Lord Boyce was made an Honorary Freeman.
He addressed the outgoing Deputy Bob Holland and the body of Freemen in a packed All Saints’ Church. The Lord Warden witnessed the Choosing (election) of the new Deputy, Roger Tabor.

The Lord Warden was taken to the Hard and the Georgian Cinque Port Wreckhouse by the Deputy and shown where his predecessors exercised their Right of Wreck. Admiral Boyce then attended the Choosing Day Lunch where he again addressed the Freemen. He was given gifts of oysters and a book of photographs of Brightlingsea by former Deputy Bob Holland, and then a framed picture of Brightlingsea’s Cinque Port heraldic arms of 1804 by the Deputy Roger Tabor and Lady Deputy Liz Artindale.

It was a great occasion to have the Lord Warden in our midst in his Cinque Port of Brightlingsea.


Addressing the Freemen at their Lunch

180 Freemen and guests sat down to a four course lunch
The Cinque Port Liberty of Brightlingsea was further honoured when the Lord Warden, Admiral Lord Boyce took part in Brightlingsea’s “Blessing & Reclaiming of the Waters” on Sunday 1st June 2014. The Lord Warden headed the procession accompanied by his wife followed by the Deputy and Lady Deputy. “The Blessing of the Waters” which had been held for centuries in Brightlingsea was revived by our Deputy Roger Tabor.

As Admiral of the Cinque Ports, the Lord Boyce raised his personal standard on the Skillinger sailing smack ‘Pioneer’. Following the service, ‘Pioneer’ led Brightlingsea’s fleet of wooden heritage smacks and sailing barge in Beating the Bounds of Brightlingsea Creek. To mark Brightlingsea’s West Ness Point (Bateman’s Tower) a dredge was made, then the Lord Warden was presented with a tankard with which he made the traditional Beating of Bound’s toast “Gang Ho!”

Across the centuries Lord Wardens have supported Brightlingsea in retaining its rights to use of its waters in its Liberty, so Admiral Boyce’s presence kept alive this historic connection.

The Lord Warden’s Installation 2005
The Lord Warden was installed in office at a session of the Grand Court of Shepway, held in Dover on Tuesday 12 April 2005. Our Deputy Michael Hindley was fortunate to be invited to the Installation, an ancient ceremony of The Court of Shepway, sitting in the Ancient Priory of St Martin, Dover. The photo's below were taken at a lunch, hosted by The Mayor of Sandwich.

Our Deputy Michael with The Mayor of Sandwich Brian Scott

Our Deputy Michael with The Mayor of Sandwich and Assistant Tony Morris

From L to R: Lord Boyce's partner, Fleur Rutherford, Deputy Michael, Lord Boyce, Jacque Collyer-Smith
Mayoress of Sandwich Beryl Scott and Assistant Tony Morris

Deputy Michael with Cadet Tim Weaver, a Sandwich Technical College student

The Cinque Ports patch worn on the cadet uniforms
Photographs by Jacque and Peter Collyer-Smith
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