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Order of Merit

Order of Merit

The Queen held a Luncheon for members of the Order of Merit at Windsor Castle on 19 April 2011.

Originally founded by King Edward VII in 1902, the Order of Merit is a special honour awarded to individuals who have made great achievements in the fields of arts, learning, literature and science.

The Queen is responsible for granting honours to people, from every section of the community, for acts of merit, service or bravery.