RENOWNED Scottish glassmaker Tom Young has been presented with an MBE by Prince William at Buckingham Palace.
Mr Young, co-founder of Stirling family-firm Angels’ Share Glass, received the honour to mark his long service to the glassmaking industry.
He was named an MBE in the New Year Honours List and travelled to London, with his daughter Karen Somerville and son Stephen Young, to meet the Duke of Cambridge.
Mr Young, from Bridge of Allan near Stirling, was among several honours recipients whose outstanding achievements were recognised during the Investiture in the Palace Ballroom.
They included former Olympic Heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill who was made a Dame, actor Mark Rylance who was knighted and Victoria Beckham who was honoured with an OBE.
The 78-year-old said: “It was a wonderful experience and an amazing day which I will remember for the rest of my life.
“Prince William congratulated me and was asking me about how a person becomes a glassblower and I was able to tell him a little about how I got started.
“I met lots of interesting people over the day and there were a few other Scottish folk wearing their kilts which was lovely.
“It was a very proud day for me and great to be there with my son and daughter.”
His daughter Karen added: “It was a superb day and Stephen and I were in the second row with a good view of dad and all the others getting their awards.
“I was so proud of him and it was fantastic to see him awarded this honour which is a remarkable and well deserved achievement.
“It was an emotional day for the whole family and I know my mum – who passed away earlier this year – would have been very proud.”