Her Majesty The Queen has approved the award of an honorary MBE to Shireen Dinshaw Mistry, a citizen of India, in recognition of her contribution towards building strong relations between India and the United Kingdom.
Miss Mistry worked at the British Deputy High Commission, Mumbai for 23 years between 1992-2015 running their Communications and Public Affairs department for Western India.
Miss Mistry was presented with her honorary MBE by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge during The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Mumbai on 11 April 2016.
British Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai, Kumar Iyer, said:
Shireen Mistry has been a powerful and impressive advocate for strong and friendly relations between India and the United Kingdom. On top of that she has been the link between the media in Western India and the British Government and a popular, high profile member of the British Deputy High Commission staff. I am delighted that Her Majesty has graciously approved this award and that His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge has agreed to present it to Shireen. She deserves it.
Miss Mistry is a graduate of Bombay University (St Xavier’s College, where she co-founded its popular annual festival Malhar) and of Oxford University (Somerville College). She worked as a journalist before joining the British Deputy High Commission.
the Order of the British Empire (which has several ranks) is the order of chivalry of British democracy. Valuable service is the criterion for the award. Citizens from other countries may also receive an honorary award for services rendered to the United Kingdom and its people. The MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) was created in 1917 by King George V to recognise the contribution of a greater range of people to the British war effort and with the post-war intention to reward services in a wider sense. Under the MBE, women and foreigners were included in an order of chivalry for the first time.
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