Colonel Anthony Ian Denison, an army officer from North West London has been rewarded for his 34 years of voluntary work with an OBE.
Colonel Denison is the former commandant of the Middlesex and North West London Army Cadets, and has been working for decades with children and young people.
He was awarded for his years of voluntary service on Valentine’s Day when Prince Charles gave him his OBE. His wife Alison accompanied him to the Buckingham Palace ceremony.
Colonel Denison, who is a manager with the UK Border Agency at Heathrow Airport, said: “It’s a great personal honour to be recognised in this way, but my achievements make only a small contribution to the team that makes the Army Cadet Force such an excellent organisation for young people.”
He was previously in charge of cadets across North West London including Kingsbury, Willesden, Harlesden and Wembley, but he stepped down from his post on New Year’s Eve 2011.
Army cadets are aged between 12 and 18 while their Volunteer Leaders are between 19 and 55.