Berwickshire’s Lord Lieutenant for the past 13 years, Major Alexander Trotter, was awarded the CVO in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
A Commander of the Victorian Order is given by The Queen to people who have served her or the monarchy in a personal way: officials of the Royal household, family members, British Ambassadors etc.
“Awards of the Royal Victorian Order at all levels are from HM The Queen and never include a public citation,” explained Major Trotter.
“I am of course honoured and thrilled.”
As Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire, Major Trotter, who served in the Royal Scots Greys, has: arranged and hosted Royal visits to the area; assessed nominations for honours; represented The Queen, through duties with the armed forces and presenting certain honours, medals and awards; liaised with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated Cadet Forces; and participated in civic, voluntary and social activities.
Major Trotter was one of a number of Borderers recognised in the honours list. Author and journalist Allan Massie received a CBE for services to literature, and retired history teacher Ian Landles was awarded an MBE for services to the community in Hawick.
An MBE also went to Ada Brownlie, for services to Research in Fragile X Syndrome and associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome.
Congratulating them Borders MP Michael Moore said: “I have no doubt that they will continue to play a key role in our local community in years to come and I am sure that everyone in the Borders will want to join me in congratulating them.”