A dedicated charity chairman has received his MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
Robert Constable-Maxwell, the owner of historic Bosworth Hall in Husbands Bosworth, was honoured for more than 30 years of service to youth charities in Leicestershire.
“I used to change the guard at Buckingham Palace in my Army days, but I’d never been inside,” Mr Constable-Maxwell told the Mail.
“Prince Charles spoke to me briefly and he couldn’t have been more supportive.”
Mr Constable-Maxwell attended the palace ceremony with his wife Susan, daughter Alice and eldest son Anthony.
Mr Constable-Maxwell, who is a Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire, has been the chairman of the Young Leicestershire charity and its predecessor since 1984.
The county charity offers young people sport and arts opportunities and has more than 15,000 members among its affiliated groups.
The 80-year-old added: “I’m absolutely delighted to be honoured.”
And he said he wanted to stay with the charity for as long as possible.
“There’s a huge amount to be done, and the work is marvellously worthwhile,” he said.
The ceremony was held on Friday, February 6.