11:00AM, Friday 04 April 2014
A plastic surgeon has been sworn in as the newest High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire.
Chris Khoo, originally from Singapore, took up the post officially on Monday with a ceremony at Reading Crown Court.
The 65-year-old, who lives in Touchen End with his wife Naomi, had been nominated by the High Sheriff of Berkshire for 2010-2011 Lady Catherine May Stevenson, and took over from professor Suzanna Christina Rose.
Candidates are always nominated for the honour four years in advance.
The role, which dates back more than 1,000 years is largely ceremonial, carries the status of being the Queen’s highest judicial officer in the county.
Chris, who works from a clinic in Maidenhead and specialises in hand and reconstructive breast surgery, is still coming to terms with the position he described as 'a little strange at first'.
"I wore tights for the first time when I was sworn in on Monday," said the father-of-four, whose children are all doctors.
Chris is required to wear a black velvet coat with lace cuffs and carry a sword when undergoing duties, of which he expects to attend up to 40 a month.
These include official openings and visits to schools and charities.
"People always ask me if I have a revolver, they think about John Wayne and the Sheriff of Nottingham," added Chris who has worked as a consultant at both Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury and Wexham Park hospital in Slough.
The Cambridge University graduate has chosen the theme of 'harmony, healing and hope' for his year in office and will work to raise money for charities that encompass this.
He said: "I am looking forward to getting to know the whole of the county.
"I am trying to bring the community together."
On Tuesday, Chris will support the Queen when the president of the Republic of Ireland, Michael Higgins, makes a state visit to Windsor.