Roger Moore receives MBE at Buckingham Palace
“ONE of the best moments of my life”.
That was how a community stalwart described the moment when he received his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Roger Moore, the treasurer of the Potters Bar division of St John Ambulance for the past 23 years, accepted his honour for services to the town’s community with a “humbling feeling”, he told the Potters Bar Edition.
“It was an incredible, fantastic day; the complete precision that I guess you expect with Buckingham Palace made everything wonderful.
“Even just driving through the gates and parking within the grounds was special – it’s not something you get to do very often!” said the 65-year-old, who shared the moment with his wife Pam and two sons, Steven and Richard.
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“I would say getting in the main room was the best bit though.
“There’s music playing and the room was packed and was beautifully decorated.
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“Then you see the Lord Chancellor and the Queen and it’s a ‘wow, this is only going to happen once in my lifetime’ moment – especially when you know it’s your name next.
“I felt very humbled.”
Roger, from Northlands, is the chairman of two small charities, namely the Miss M A M Hart Will Trust and the Henry Parker Trust.
The former City investment analyst, who was at the Palace on the same day as legendary Status Quo rockers Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi, who were made OBEs in the New Year Honours, went on to describe the moment he met the Queen.
“She asked me about what I have been doing then the hand went out and I shook her hand.
“It was truly really thrilling,” the district treasurer of the Potters Bar scouts for the past 24 years added.
“I got the award, but it wasn’t just me – it was all my friends who have really helped me along the way.
“You can only do so much on your own but you need help from others; my wife especially, she has been fantastic.”