Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports

Admiral the Lord Boyce GCB OBE DL
The Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle is Admiral the Lord Boyce, GCB, OBE, DL.


Lord Boyce

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) and now sits as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords. The Lord Warden was appointed in July 2004 by The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister.





Announcement made at Dover Castle

by Town Crier


Lord Boyce was installed in office, at a session of the Grand Court of Shepway held in Dover, on Tuesday 12 April, 2005




Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1978-2002




Sir Robert Menzies

Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1966-1978




Sir Winston Churchill

Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1941-1965


Sir Winston Churchill beimg presented with his portrait as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports at the meeting of the Brotherhood and Guestling of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports on 7th September 1955 at the White Rock Pavillion, Hastings.


The painting. oil on canvas, by Bernatd Hailstone is dated 1955 and is 8 feet 8 inches high x 5 feet 10 inches wide [ 2.64m x 1.78m]. It was the last officially commissioned portrait of Sir Winston Churchill. He requested that it be hung in Dover Castle.


He was appointed Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports on 15th October 1941.

He was installed as Lord Warden on 14th August 1946 at the Grand Court of Shepway in the grand marquee on the site of the ancient Priory of St Martin within the grounds of Dover College.


Winston Churchill was born on 30th November 1874, in Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire of rich parents. He gained poor grades at school. He joined the Royal Cavalry in 1895. As a soldier and part-time journalist he travelled widely. He was elected as Conservative MP for Oldham in 1900 then in 1904 defected to Liberal Party. For the next 10 years he climbed up the ranks of the government and by 1914 he was First Lord of the Admiralty.


On 25th November 1914, Winston Churchill suggested his plan for a new war front in the Dardanelles. The British government’s War Council gave permission on 15th January 1915 and British troops in Egypt were put on alert..The Gallipoli Campaign (Battle of Gallipoli) turned out to be one of the Allies great disasters in World War One. It was carried out between 25th April 1915 and 9th January 1916 on the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman Empire. Heavily criticised for this error, he resigned from this position and travelled to the Western Front to join the fight himself.



Between the wars he rejoined the Conservative Party serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1924 and controversially opted for Britain to re-join the Gold Standard.Churchill lost his seat following the Tory electoral defeat in 1929. He was alone in his firm opposition to Indian Independence but warned against the Appeasement of Nazi Germany.


In 1940 Neville Chamberlain resigned and  Churchill was chosen to succeed him as Prime Minister of an all-party coalition government. He also adopted the self-created position of Minister for Defence. Labour  unexpected won the General Election 1945 and Churchill was out of office.


In 1951 he was again re-elect although ageing and increasingly unwell, he often conducted business from his bedside. His leadership was less decisive than during the war years. His second term was most notable for the Conservative Party’s acceptance of Labour’s newly created Welfare State. Poor health forced him to resign in 1955, making way for his Foreign Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Eden.


When Sir Winston Churchill died in 1965 he was honoured with a state funeral.



Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon

Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1936-1941



Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading

Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1934-1935



William Lygon, 7th Earl Beauchamp

Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1913-1934



Thomas Brassey of Hythe, 1st Earl Brassey
Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1908-1913



Prince George, Prince of Wales (King George V)

Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1905-1907


George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Baron Curzon of Kedleston

Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1904-1905



3rd Marquess of Salisbury, K.G. (Lord Robert Gascoyne-Cecil)

Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1895–1903




Marquis of Salisbury: 3 February 1830 – 22 August 1903, styled Lord Robert Cecil before 1865 and Viscount Cranborne from June 1865 until April 1868, was a British Conservative statesman and thrice Prime Minister, serving for a total of over 13 years.
The first British Prime Minister of the 20th century, he was the last Prime Minister to head his full administration from the House of Lords.



Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of  Dufferin and Ava
Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1891–1895



The Rt Hon Wm Henry Smith, Leader of the House of Commons

Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1891–1891



The Rt Hon Wm Henry Smith

From an engraving belonging to Viscount Hambledon. He was appointed Lord Warden upon the death of Lord Granville, in 1891 by Prime Minister Lord Salisbury. But he was in failing health, came down to Walmer to spend the summer there, returned briefly to the House of Commons, but died at Walmer on 6th October 1891


Granville Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville

Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1865-1891