A charity volunteer has spoken of her surprise after being appointed one of the Queen’s official representatives in Stirlingshire.
Pippa Maclean was named a deputy lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk last week. She will assist and deputise for Marjory McLachlan, the lord lieutenant, at official engagements throughout the district.
It came totally out of the blue. I have no idea who nominated me for the position. It is a great honourPippa Maclean
The 56-year-old, who lives close to Wellsfield Farm, Denny, volunteers for several charitable organisations including Elizabeth Finn Care, which supports those living in financial difficulty, and Scotland’s Gardens, which opens rarely-seen greenspaces to the public.
“It came totally out of the blue,” she said. “I have no idea who nominated me for the position. It is a great honour.”
Mrs Maclean, who runs a bed and breakfast from her home, grew up in Blanefield and describes herself as “a real Stirlingshire girl”.
A mother of two, she previously ran a catering business when she lived in Argyll.
She is no stranger to official functions as her husband Robin is a member of the Royal Company of Archers, a ceremonial unit that serves as the Queen’s bodyguard in Scotland, and regularly attends the annual garden parties held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh as a result.
Major Maclean, a decorated veteran, is also curator of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards museum at Edinburgh Castle.
“I think Robin was as surprised as I was at my appointment. But we’re both equally delighted,” she added.