Valentines Day often ends in such disappointment for loved-up hopefuls, whilst singletons dread the day and couples go from one extreme to another, either ignoring it completely or using it as an excuse to fill up on fancy meals.
However, no matter what your take on Valentines, you have to give credit to the couples who have had an extra reason to celebrate over the past few years, with The Queen recognising their outstanding partnership with an honour! Check out these romantic examples:
Married couple Len and Yvonne Arnold (pictured above) were both awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2012 for their services to gymnastics. The Arnold’s run a training centre in Crawford, which was used for Olympic Gymnasts during the 2012 London Games. I think it’s fair to say that the Arnolds are quite the double-act!
Ken and Cynthia Blake have been married for 54 years and both celebrated with an MBE in the 2015 New Years Honours List for their services to children and families. Ken and Cynthia Blake are in their seventies, have four children of their own, are grandparents and are still fostering and providing respite care for families of children with disabilities or special needs.
Our final example is something a bit different. A very high achieving couple have both been awarded gongs but for their very individual successes. Sir David Cannadine was awarded his Knighthood in 2009 for his services to Scholarship. Whilst in the same year, his wife Linda Colley was awarded a CBE for her work as a Historian. What an outstanding couple!
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It’s not just individuals who go all the way to Buckingham Palace. These examples also prove that the Queen’s honours system rewards couples across the UK too.