The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a service at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the Centenary of the Order of the British Empire
Wednesday 24th May 2017
Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will attend a service at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Order of the British Empire.
Almost two thousand members of the public who are holders of the Orders awards (GBE, KBE, CBE, OBE, MBE and British Empire Medal) will attend the service. The congregation will be formed by people from all parts of the UK and Commonwealth, and will include a number of honorary award holders.
Upon arrival, The Queen will be met by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, and escorted into the Cathedral where she will be greeted by the Dean, the Chapter and Officials of the Order, before taking her place in the processional order.
Established by King George V in 1917 to reward outstanding contributions to the war effort, the Order of the British Empire now recognises the work of people from all walks of life with well-known honours such as MBEs and OBEs, as well as Knighthoods and Damehoods.
The Queen is the Sovereign of the Order of the British Empire, and The Duke of Edinburgh is Grand Master of the Order.
A Service for the Order of the British Empire is usually held every four years in St. Paul’s Cathedral, the last service being in 2012. Her Majesty usually attends the service every eight years.
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