FARMCARE general manager Christine Tacon has received her CBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in recognition of her services to British agriculture.
She was joined at the Palace, on her birthday, by family members including husband William and children, Felix and Eve (pictured). Her sister flew in from Hong Kong for the occasion.
"It was all rather formal and a bit daunting," said Mrs Tacon. "But the Queen wished me a happy birthday as she pinned the medal on, which took me aback as I was surprised she knew.
"Receiving the honour was an opportunity to thank my family for being tolerant of the hours spent away from home. But the award is also a reflection on farmcare and the rest of the Co-operative Group, without whom I wouldn't have been able to get involved in the work that led to the honour."
Mrs Tacon is currently a member of the Implementation Group of the Government's Sustainable Food and Farming Strategy; a non-executive board member of the Rural Payments Agency; a trustee of the Forum for the Future and a member of the BBC's Rural Affairs Advisory Committee.