Queen’s Birthday Honours (and King’s Birthday Honours in times of a male monarch), are bestowed by the monarch of the Commonwealth realms as part of the celebration of the reigning monarch’s official birthday in each realm.
Honours have been awarded on the sovereign’s birthday since at least 1891 under Queen Victoria. The birthday of her successor, King Edward VII (r. 1901–1910), fell on 9 November 1901. After 1908 the monarch’s official birthday was moved to the first, second or third Saturday in June.
The Governor-General (The Queen’s representative in a Commonwealth Realm) usually invests the recipients in their home country, but they may, if they wish, attend an investiture at Buckingham Palace instead.
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
This is awarded for having a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area.
- Gordon Vivian De La Mothe. For services to Art.
- Dr Slinger Francisco (better known as Mighty Sparrow). For services to Culture.
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
This is awarded for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community. An MBE is also awarded for local ‘hands-on’ service which stands out as an example to other people.
- Mrs Sheril Edwards–Courtney. For services to business and the community.
BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL (BEM)
Reintroduced in 2012, this rewards a sustained, local contribution or innovative, high-impact work of a relatively short duration (e.g. 3 to 4 years).
- Ms Heather Albanie. For services to the community.
- Paul R A Jeremiah. For services to farming.
View the full list of recipients of crown dependencies and Commonwealth honours.
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