When Mr King Met the Queen
It’s not every day that you are personally invited to
meet with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Bright
World caught up with Charles King, father of Bright
World Senior Guardianships Care Manager, Simon
King, to learn more about receiving his MBE and
meeting the Queen.
Congratulations on your MBE, Charles. What did
you receive the honour for? It was given to me for
services to public transport in 2006. I was the Vice
chair of London Travel Watch, which acts as a voice
for the service users of London’s public transport.
How did you find out that you would be receiving
the honour? To receive an MBE you are nominated
anonymously, so I wasn’t expecting it at all! I found
out about the award by receiving a letter from Tony
Blair who was Prime Minister at the time.
Were you nervous on the morning of the
ceremony? Well I almost didn’t get in! We had some
trouble finding the piece of paper with the invitation
but luckily they had all of our names on the list.
During the same ceremony there was a gentleman
who was knighted and a lady who was made a
Baroness with a sword; it was very exciting to watch.
How did you feel after receiving the award? A bit
like a celebrity actually. The newspapers print the
names of who will be receiving the award, resulting
with a number of journalists calling the house phone
and asking for comments.
What was it like meeting the Queen? Well she
was wearing a green dress and I was very surprised
by how small she is! The Queen said that public
transport is very important to London and my only
response was “Unfortunately I’ve never been able to
get the number 11 bus to stop outside Buckingham
From the Order of Chivalry that gave England many
brave medieval knights, comes The Most Excellent
Order of the British Empire.
There are five honours to the Order, one of which
is the Member of the Most Excellent Order of
the British Empire (MBE), which is awarded for
outstanding service to the community.