|The Order of Merit|
|Presenting Mother Teresa with the award in 1983. The Queen is wearing the Cambridge Pearl Pendant Brooch.|
|Holders of the Order of Merit gather in 2009. The Queen wears the Kent Amethyst Brooch.|
2012: David Hockney, Artist
Below are presentations to some of the current members of the Order of Merit (and the brooches worn by the Queen while presenting, naturally).
1995: Nelson Mandela, (Then-) President of South Africa (Honorary)
2007: Tim Berners-Lee, Computer Scientist and Inventor of the World Wide Web
2000: Tom Stoppard, Playwright
2000: Roger Penrose, Mathematical Physicist
2009: Jean Chrétien, Former Prime Minister of Canada
2010: Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum
There is an Order of Merit service scheduled for May 14, 2013. This will be followed by a luncheon, and surely some scintillating conversation - or so one would hope, with this group!
Photos: Buckingham Palace/PA/British Monarchy