I am delighted to let you know that I have just been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), for services to environmental awareness and fundraising. The recipients of this award, announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, are chosen by the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office on the advice of the Head of the Civil Service and the Main Honours Committee. It’s especially exciting to be honoured in this year, which marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.
The MBE is the humblest of the honours, the others being (in ascending order) the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire), CBE (Commander of the etc), with the highest honours being KBE (Knight) for men or DBE (Dame) for women.
Sometime in the next 7 months I’ll be invited to an investiture. There is more information about the investiture online. The medals are presented by the Queen, Prince Charles, or the Princess Royal. I’ll be sure to let you know when I’m on my way to Buckingham Palace!
My mother and I have known about it since a letter arrived at Mum’s house in early May, but it is a condition of the process that we had to keep it top secret until the Honours were publicly announced. I can’t tell you how hard it has been to keep it to ourselves! I confess that a tiny number of very close confidantes might possibly have had an inkling that the award was in the pipeline, but we’ll just have to put that down to telepathy. 🙂
Congratulations to all the other people honoured today, for all kinds of amazing and significant work that varies from entrepreneurship to hospices to heritage to the Olympics. Sometime in the next few days I’ll post a blog about some of the other people named in this year’s Birthday Honours. For now I’m just hoping I get to go to the Palace on the same day as the awesome singer Adele, also receiving an MBE – I just love her voice!
I am, of course, over the moon about receiving this accolade – and determined, as ever, to continue my endeavours for sustainability. With our environmental challenges growing more urgent every day, this is no time to rest on my laurels!
[Featured image is of violinist Nicola Benedetti receiving her MBE from the Queen last month.]