Date of release: Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hon degree - The Viscount De L'Isle - 28 July 2016The Viscount De L'Isle (Philip Sidney), Lord Lieutenant of Kent, is receiving an honorary award from the University of Greenwich today (Thursday 28 July).

In a graduation ceremony at Rochester Cathedral, he will receive the degree of Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv), in recognition of his many years of service to the county of Kent and its many charitable organisations.

A former army major and member of the House of Lords (1991-99), he is president or patron of more than 20 county organisations including the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society and the Medway Branch Royal Aeronautical Society.

He retired from the army as a major in 1979 to manage the Penshurst Place estate in Kent. Among many previous positions, he has served as chairman of the Kent County Landowners Committee, and as a member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Panel on National Records and Archives.

Viscount De L'Isle has been a trustee of Canterbury Cathedral Trust for more than 20 years, becoming chairman in 2007 and president in 2014. Between 2006 and 2012 he was Honorary Colonel of the Kent Army Cadet Force.

Appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent in 1996 and Vice Lord-Lieutenant in 2002, he took up his appointment as Lord Lieutenant of Kent in September 2011.

He is also a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

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Picture: The Viscount De L'Isle MBE