Being awarded a Queen’s Honour carries many benefits. It’s not only recognition for outstanding service to the community or being a leader in your field, it is also a great encouragement to do even more good and achieve even more for others.
It will raise your profile, further enhance your reputation and instil trust of course – that vital ingredient for success in all walks of life.
It also provides a platform to enable you to talk about a cause, campaign or whatever it is you have been honoured for.
Furthermore, very few other awards carry the same gravitas and are globally recognised and respected. In fact it is widely regarded to be the most prestigious award in the world.
To put that in to perspective, about 20% of our clients are based overseas and a significant proportion of them are not even British citizens. So the honours system is truly open to any worthy person based anywhere in the world.
But there are other less well-known privileges of having an honour.
For example, did you know holders of the MBE or above are entitled to get married in St Paul’s Cathedral – and their children can too?
There is a special chapel in the famous cathedral reserved for use for those who have been awarded MBEs, OBEs, CBEs, Knighthoods or Damehoods.
The Queen and Prince Philip attended the dedication of the Chapel of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (commonly known as the OBE Chapel) at the east end of the crypt of St Paul’s in 1960.
Also known as St Faith’s Chapel, it is (or was, pre-Covid) one of the busiest spaces in the historic cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and used for countless state occasions.
In addition to having the right to get married in the chapel, honours holders can also be baptised there – as can their children and grandchildren.