On 19th July in The Old Palace of Hatfield House the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire-Robert Voss CBE CStJ-invested 11 Hertfordshire residents on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen with their British Empire Medals (BEM) which had been awarded in the last three Honours Lists, with another having been presented at a private ceremony.
The British Empire Medal was created by King George V in 1917 but withdrawn in 1992 by John Major’s Government only to be reinstated by Her Majesty in 2012.
The 13 recipients from all over Hertfordshire were honoured for their work in the community especially during the pandemic. The BEM is the lowest award in the Order of the British Empire-below an MBE- and is the only honour not invested by a member of the Royal Family.
The 13 recipients represent the cream of the Hertfordshire population and have been honoured for their work in, and support of, the community.
Robert Voss said “It is a huge honour and privilege for me to present these awards on behalf of Her Majesty and to meet these extraordinary people who have been so selfless in their support of others-more especially during the pandemic. This is one of the most pleasurable parts of my role which I-and the Deputy Lieutenants-very much enjoy.”