The Queen honoured Hong Kong residents, Andrew WEIR and Kenneth YAU, in the Birthday Honours List 2017, announced this morning.
Andrew Weir, former Chairman of British Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to British commercial interests overseas
Captain Kenneth Yau, Secretary, Royal British Legion & Hong Kong Ex-Servicemen’s Association was also made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to ex-servicemen in Hong Kong
British Consul-General Andrew Heyn said,
I offer my warmest congratulations to Andrew Weir and Kenneth Yau for these very well deserved awards. Andrew has made an outstanding contribution to trade and investment links between Hong Kong and the UK, and Kenneth’s support to the ex-servicemen’s community of Hong Kong has made a measurable impact on the lives of hundreds of veterans and their dependants.
Mr Weir said:
I am honoured to receive this award and recognise the efforts and support of my colleagues, the Chamber of Commerce, Department for International Trade and local organisations who work so hard to support the development of strong British business links in Hong Kong, mainland China and the region. I am sure these links will go from strength to strength.
Capt Yau said:
I am very proud and honoured to receive this award and that my services to the ex-servicemen in Hong Kong has been recognised. I would like to thank all of my comrades who support me tremendously in my services to the ex-servicemen.
Notes to Editors:
The Order of the British Empire was instituted in 1917 by King George V. There are five classes including Knight or Dame Grand Cross (GBE); Knight or Dame Commander (KBE/DBE); Commander (CBE); Officer (OBE); and Member (MBE). It rewards contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations and other public and voluntary service. For more information please visit The honours system .
The Queen has the sole right in the United Kingdom of conferring all titles of honour, including life peerages, knighthoods and gallantry awards. The Queen confers honours on the advice of the Prime Minister.
Anybody can make a recommendation for a British national to receive an honour; awards are made in recognition of distinguished service in any form by people from every section of the community.
Honours for meritorious service are usually conferred and announced twice a year - on the Sovereign’s official birthday (early June) and at the New Year. Recipients receive their awards at an Investiture.
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