MBE awarded to Belton’s Charmian

HONOUR: Charmian Roberts, of Belton, after receiving her MBE at Buckingham Palace.
HONOUR: Charmian Roberts, of Belton, after receiving her MBE at Buckingham Palace.

Charmian Roberts, of King Edward Street, Belton, travelled to London along with proud husband Ken and children Peter and Amy to receive the honour from Prince Charles at a recent investiture ceremony.

The former teacher found out in the Queen’s 2011 Birthday Honours List that she was to receive an MBE for her services to education following decades of working in the sector.

Charmian is a self-employed consultant within the educational business support sector and she has also helped deliver government policies and is a regular conference delegate.

She also helps coordinate work experience placements for hundreds of thousands of young people every year.

Speaking of her big day in the capital, Charmian described the experience as a “humbling” one - mixed with a little star spotting.

“Everything is organised with absolute military precision and you are name-checked six or seven times,” she added.

“But when we arrived at the palace who should we see but Colin Firth, my daughter completely lost interest in me then!

“Everybody was given exactly the same briefing and you were then moved off into a ballroom before being called out in batches. I am a pretty confident normally but I was terrified.”

When it was Charmian’s turn she remembered her instructions - and Royal protocol - to sail through the experience of receiving her honour from the heir to the throne.

“I was worried I was going to forget to curtsey but I didn’t,” she added.

“The prince hands you your medal and he really makes you feel at ease, chatting a bit about what I did, which was nice, and he was really keen to hear about education and my experiences.”

Afterwards, Charmian rejoined her waiting family before heading off to celebrity cook Jamie Oliver’s 15 restaurant.

She said: “It was absolutely lovely, amazing. I met some really interesting people, the wide variety and the range of accomplishments which had been recognised was quite humbling.”