Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the Order of the British Empire Centenary Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on May 24th in London. Established by her grandfather, 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.
Upon arrival at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Queen was met by the Lord Mayor and escorted into the Cathedral where she was greeted by the Dean, the Chapter and Officials of the Order, before taking her place in the processional order. The service was conducted by the Very Reverend Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, and included a mention of the Manchester Bombings. Among those in attendance were the almost 2,000 holders of the Order of the British Empire’s awards, from Knights and Dames to those who have received a CBE, OBE or MBE.
The Queen wore mint green coat and hat over a patterned dress, pairing her customary Three Strand Pearl Necklace with the Queen Mother’s Palm Leaf Brooch. The Duke of Edinburgh wore a pinstriped suit with the Mantle, Chain, and Badge of the Order of the British Empire.