CO-OPERATIVES UK Chief Executive Pauline Green received her Dame Commander of the British Empire insignia from the Queen at Buckingham Palace recently after being named in the New Year's Honours List.
Pauline's award – the equivalent of a knighthood for male recipients – was in recognition of her service to the Co-operative Movement and to the development of the European Union.
The former Labour/Co-op MEP told the News that the investiture was a memorable but nerve-wracking experience as she was the first to be given the award on the day.
Later Pauline and close family members were guests of honour at a House of Commons reception hosted by Labour/Co-op peer Lord Graham of Edmonton and attended by several leading Co-op figures including Co-op Group Chief Executive Martin Beaumont, chairman Keith Darwin and Co-operatives' UK chairman, Bob Burlton.
Our picture shows Pauline at Buckingham Palace with her mum, Mrs Lucy Wiltshire, and her son and daughter, Simon and Ruth.