Quentin presented with the 'Companion of Honour'

Tuesday 28th March 2023

Quentin was visited personally by Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, who presented him with the ribbon and medal representing the Honour bestowed on him in June 2022 by the late Queen Elizabeth. 

Traditionally, the presentation would have been made by the monarch, or their representative, at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.  During the Covid pandemic, ceremonies were not able to take place, and therefore many honours-holders have waited for some time to receive their medals.  Quentin himself was unable to attend the Palace on this occasion, so the Lord Lieutenant paid him a visit instead on the King's behalf.

Quentin said of the honour:  "I was pleased and surprised at this award not least because, like a lot of people I imagine, I did not know it existed. However, I discovered that it has one very interesting feature; unlike other awards it is not simply an inert medal to be worn on special occasions. There are instructions that go with the award and these explain that this is not only an acknowledgment of what you have done so far, but – and this is the interesting part – you have to go on and do more."