STIRLING'S Suzanne Fernando was recently awarded an MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace for services to military veterans, cervical cancer and autism. 

A list of honours recognising outstanding achievements, personal bravery and services to the UK and British Overseas Territories, is published twice a year by the Cabinet Office.

Suzanne received her notification in June to mark the Queen's official birthday, which stated she was to be awarded the MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in recognition of her work.

The presentation of the award insignia happens at investitures throughout the year, and Suzanne's was held in the spectacular Ballroom at Buckingham Palace.

Suzanne said: "As my family got seated, Prince Charles entered the room attended by the Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard.

"The National Anthem is played, and then the military orchestra continues to play a variety of music while recipients are called forward one-by-one. 

"When it was my turn to be called forward I gave a little curtsy and approached Prince Charles who then placed my MBE on my jacket and congratulated me on my honour.

"We chatted about my charity and voluntary work before shaking my hand (which was my cue to curtsy again and leave). After the ceremony, we all gathered outside in the quadrangle where our official photographs were taken, then yep you guessed it we were all off to the pub for a well deserved GandT".

Former royal military policewoman Suzanne has been volunteering for more than 25 years with various charities and is well known for her active roles around Scotland.