My wife was awarded an M.B.E. in last year and in the autumn she received her certificate, but it wasn't until this year that she actually received the gong itself (presented to her by HRH Charles) and then the reality of it all set in.
Her award was for her work in the community where we live, at the local community centre (a charity), in childcare, and a whole host of other things.
There have been many times that I've felt very proud of the milestones in my life, my wedding day, the births or our children, the marriages of our children etc. and this has to be right there at the top of the list. Maybe, just maybe, the births of my grandchildren this year will top even this, but that remains to be seen.
There were very few photo opportunities that may be of interest to many of us hobby-wise (I'm certain I didn't see any cockneys fighting zombies), but this guardsman was on duty outside the palace when we arrived at about 10 am in the rain.
When we exited the palace in the afternoon the guardsman I saw on duty then was in a bearskin but still wore his greatcoat.
In attendance at inside the palace were members of the household cavalry, both the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals were on guard duty, but as photography was strictly forbidden inside the palace and you tend not to argue the point with big guys with swords drawn, I've borrowed the photograph.
The Yeomen departed in style from the inner courtyard of the palace in a carriage that we had actually followed into the palace in the morning although the back cover was down (due to the inclement weather probably), so we didn't know if they were inside then or not.
So, our five day marathon of travel (about 400 miles there and back) has now finally ended and it seems likes a lifetime ago. We were in London less than 24 hours and now I'm now going to attempt to catch up on all the blogs I try to follow and have missed.
Next week it'll be back to normal and I hope to have finished something I've been working on for a good while to showcase.
In the meantime it just remains for me to say, "Many thanks for looking", "Welcome to my latest follower Louis Britton" and as always comments are both welcomed and appreciated.
My most sincere congratulations to your wife on this award. It must have been quite an occasion for you and the other relatives as well!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the kind words, it was quite a shock to the system.Delete
There had to be a good reason for travelling all the way down to London, and this certainly qualifies. Many congratulations to Sue. What a proud day it must have been.ReplyDelete
Thanks Bryan,I'll pass the congratulations on of course.Delete
Well done to Mrs. Z. What a GREAT achievement you have the right to revel in this. I agree with Vampi, if you got to go up the smoke it better be for a good reason. Congrats again.ReplyDelete
Thanks Irqan, I would have liked to have done a bit of the tourist thing whilst I was there, but there's always another time.Delete
Well done indeed! You should well be proud!!ReplyDelete
We're all very proud LS and it'll be a while before we're all over the shock.Delete
It's nice to see people awarded for things that actually matter,ReplyDelete
Congratulations to your wife Joe
Thanks a lot Dave, congrats will of course be passed on.Delete
Many congratulations to your wife and to you!ReplyDelete
Thank you TitoDelete
I'm flabbergasted! Your wife must be such a wonderful woman and I am sure the award was very well deserved. Much better to give royal awards to people like her than so called celebrities or bankers who do things for themselves and not for others.ReplyDelete
Fantastically brilliant blog post.
Thanks a lot Clint, I'll pass on your kind words.Delete
Congratulations! Nice to see people awarded for otherwise often overlooked work in community.ReplyDelete
Thanks Mathyoo, your kind words mean a lot.Delete
Congratulations to Mrs Z! As Clint said, it's good to read of awards going to people who make a difference as your wife obviously does Joe.ReplyDelete
Thanks Colin and I'll pass the congrats on.Delete