Honour is for Ascot, says Duke of Devonshire
THE Duke of Devonshire was anxious for "everyone involved with Ascot" to share in the acclaim as he spoke on Thursday of his knighthood in the new year's honours list for his work as the Queen's representative at the racecourse.
Duke of Devonshire: honouredPICTURE: Mark Cranham
Unlike the majority of honours, the Duke's award was made under the auspices of the Royal Victorian Order, which means it is a personal acknowledgment from the Queen and therefore had not come via a Downing Street committee.
He was appointed a junior trustee at Ascot in 1982 and has served as the Queen's representative there since 1997. Until this year, he was also racecourse chairman.
The Duke's new honour will be recognised with the addition of the letters KCBO at the end of his name. It is a second honour, as he was made a CBE in 1987 for his services to racing.
He said on Thursday: "I was thrilled and felt very privileged when I received notification of the knighthood. It is for everyone at Ascot. I think we are making progress there, and the latest meeting was a huge success with a crowd of 14,000 and a wonderful atmosphere. Tickets sales are going well for Royal Ascot, which is encouraging."
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