A POPULAR postmistress was privileged to attend a service recognising those who have received honours.

Leslie Francis, and her husband Tim, attended a service of dedication for the Order of the British Empire at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday, May 15.

King Charles and Queen Camilla were present for event where they joined nearly 2,000 people who are holders of various royal honours.

Leslie received a British Empire Medal in 2022 as part of the New Year’s Honours for providing services to Enham.

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Andover Advertiser: Tim and Leslie Francis at St Paul's CathedralLeslie and Tim took on the village store and Post Office in Enham Alamein nearly 20 years ago.

Speaking about the service, she said: “The dedication service was the most amazing experience. It is pomp and ceremony of the biggest order, but it was just amazing and such a privilege never having been to St Paul’s Cathedral either.”

The Order of the British Empire was established by George V in 1917 to reward outstanding contributions to the war effort.

It now recognises the work of people from all walks of life, with well-known honours such as MBEs and OBEs, as well as Knighthoods and Damehoods.