80% of Lords have a Queen’s honour

For many people being appointed to the House of Lords is a defining moment in their life. And rightly so, becoming a member of the Upper House and sitting alongside an illustrious group of high-achievers is a life-changing event.

Another life-changing event is having the privilege of being invited to Buckingham Palace and being awarded a Queen’s honour. Whether it’s an MBE or knighthood, a Queen’s honour is the most prestigious personal award in the world.

But what many people don’t know is that some 80% of Lords and Baroness’s have been awarded a Queen’s honour.

Having an honour is certainly not a requirement of the House of Lords but it has proved to be a very useful stepping-stone to the Upper House for so many people.

Here are some examples of the high-achieving people that have received a gong before being appointed to the Upper House as an Independent Crossbench Peer

Baroness Martha Lane Fox CBE (pictured above) is the co founder of lastminute.com, the popular travel website which has gone from strength to strength since its creation in the year 2000. Martha was awarded her CBE in the 2013 New Years Honours List for her services to the digital economy and to charity. Interestingly, Martha was appointed to the House of Lords in the very same month she was awarded her CBE.

Lord Diljit Singh Rana MBE was awarded his honour back in The 1996 Birthday Honours List for his contribution to the economic regeneration of the city of Belfast. Eight years later in 2004 Diljit was appointed to the Upper House.

Lord Ernest Ronald Oxburgh KBE is well known for his work as a public advocate in both academia and the business world in addressing the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and develop alternative energy sources.  Ernest was awarded the highest level of Queen’s honour in the 1992 Birthday Honours List, seven years before his appointment to the Upper House in 1999.

Baroness Haleh Afshar OBE was awarded a Queen’s honour in The 2005 Birthday Honours List for her services to equal opportunities. Just two years later in December 2007 Baroness Afshar was appointed to the Lords.

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