April 27, 2016, by Lindsay Brooke
Investiture a day to treasure for Professor Morris CBE and his family
His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge presented Professor Peter Morris, Head of the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre with his CBE at an investiture at Buckingham Palace on Friday 22 April.
Professor Morris, in the School of Physics and Astronomy, was awarded a CBE for services to science and medicine in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2016. The Orders of the British Empire are awarded to those who make distinguished or notable contributions in their own specific areas of activity.
Professor Morris, who was joined by three generations of his family , said: “It was a wonderful occasion, complete with horse guards, gurkhas and beefeaters, conducted with all the splendour you would expect of a royal occasion at Buckingham Palace. It is something that my family and I will always remember. My mother said she would always treasure the moment. The CBE came out-of-the-blue as far as I was concerned – and was all the more wonderful for that. The experience still seems unreal – but it was good for reality to be suspended – if only for the day.
“William asked me about my role in the development of MRI and how it had progressed. He took a particular interest in its application to study mental illness and especially in the role it could play in dementia.”
Professor Morris was in good company. His investiture followed Francis Lee (one time centre forward for Man City) and the concert pianist Radu Lupu. Imelda Staunton also received a CBE and Sir Roy Strong was made a Companion of Honour.
He has kindly given us permission to show you a few of the family photographs taken on the day.
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