Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip will be attending a service at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the Centenary of the Order of the British Empire as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.
It is expected that 2000 members of the public who hold some of the Orders awards will be attending the service on the 24th of May. The congregation will be made up of people from all around the UK and the Commonwealth who hold awards.
Upon arriving at the Cathedral, The Queen will meet the Lord Mayor, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley. From there, she will be escorted into the Cathedral where Officials of the Order will greet her. The Queen will then take her place in the processional order alongside other Order officials.
The Order was established by King George V in 1917 to reward outstanding contributions of both servicemen and civilians to the war effort. Today the Order of the British Empire now recognises people’s contributions to the arts, science, charity, and public service. The Order of the British Empire gives out the well-known honours such as MBEs and OBEs, as well as awarding Knighthoods and Damehoods.
The Queen acts as the Sovereign of the Order of the British Empire while Prince Philip serves as the Grand Master of the order.
According to the UK government, an MBE is awarded for “outstanding achievement or service to the community. This will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others”.