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Friday, September 14, 2012
Pageant master Bruno Peek is “deeply honoured” to have been decorated for a third time by the Queen, this time in the Jubilee Honours.
The 61-year-old from Gorleston has been made a Lieutenant of The Royal Victorian Order, for co-ordinating an international Jubilee event which saw 4,000 beacons lit across the world, with Mr Peek sharing the stage with The Queen as she lit a huge beacon to mark her 60 years on the throne.
The award will sit nicely alongside his OBE in 2000 and his MVO – member of the Royal Victorian Order – which he received in 2002.
And to top it all off, the announcement came on his birthday.
Mr Peek said: “I am absolutely chuffed. It is so special as only the Queen can give this award, rather than being advised by the government.
"It is for all the people who helped out, that is important to say. If people don’t take part, you don’t have any event."
“It is for all the people who helped out, that is important to say. If people don’t take part, you don’t have any event. This is a personal gift from the Queen, so I am deeply honoured indeed.” Mr Peek has guided pageants and events across the country and in Europe and Sri Lanka.
In recent years, he was a key figure in The Fly a Flag for Our Armed Forces initiative and the Great Poppy Party Weekend and was featured in the EDP’s weekend magazine as he prepared for the Diamond Jubilee.
Born in King’s Lynn to Polish parents, he was placed in a children’s home when he was 13-months-old and adopted by an English couple at the age of four-and-a-half.
In 1988, Poland awarded him the Order of Polonia Restituta (OPR), meaning the letters after his name now read OBE MVO OPR and, after the Jubilee Honours announcement, LVO.
Before the end of the 19th century, most honours within the British Empire were given by the sovereign on the advice of ministers. Queen Victoria, in April 1896, began the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) as a junior and personal order of knighthood that allowed her to bestow honours herself, directly across the community of her empire, rewarding people for personal services.
The order’s official day was made 20 June of each year, marking the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne.
The mark of Lieutenant is the fourth most prestigious of the six grades within the RVO.
The leading event organiser is now looking forward to seeing Her Majesty again at Buckingham Palace to receive his latest medal. It will be a top hat and tails job, which I do enjoy wearing,” said Mr Peek.