SOUTH Yorkshire’s new High Sheriff has been ‘hand pricked’ by the Queen in an ancient ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Julie Ann Kenny, of North Anston, Rotherham, took her place in history as one of the latest incumbents of the oldest secular office in Britain, during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Following tradition, the Queen used a silver bodkin to ‘prick’ Mrs Kenny’s name on a list of all new High Sheriffs for England and Wales, written on parchment.
High Sheriffs used to be the principal law enforcement officer in the county, but over time responsibilities have changed and the functions of the post are now almost entirely ceremonial.
They greet royal visitors to their counties.