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State & Ceremonial

Rachel Riley honoured by The King with an MBE at Windsor Castle

Television presenter and broadcaster Rachel Riley has been honoured by The King during a ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Ms Riley has received an MBE for her work in raising awareness of the Holocaust and combating antisemitism.

The 37-year-old Countdown presenter was named in the 2023 New Year Honours list – the first honours list of the reign of King Charles III.

Speaking at the time the news of her honour was first announced, Ms Riley said: “Incredibly proud to have just been awarded an MBE for services to Holocaust education.

“Grateful to everyone who has sent well wishes and support over the years.

“This is very much shared with so many people who also dedicate their time and energy to fighting anti-Jewish racism.”

His Majesty conferred the honour on Tuesday afternoon at his Berkshire residence.

Other notable names to be honoured at the investiture ceremony included conservative MP Sir Alok Sharma and actor David Harewood.

Sir Alok has been knighted for services to combatting climate change following his term as President of the COP26 Climate Summit.

David Harewood has received an OBE for services to drama and charity following his advocacy for a mental health support and anti-racism.

The 57-year-old Homeland star said: “An award from a new King should be cause for massive celebration, and yet already I hear the chorus of self defeating voices rattling around my head, thoughts of ‘Empire’ and subjugation confusing the picture and again shifting the earth underneath.

“I stop for a moment and think of all the others whose contributions have gone unnoticed and unpaid for and accept this award on their behalf, and continue to speak truth to power whenever and wherever I see the need.”

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