Ken White from Hayling Island has been honoured by HRH Prince Michael of Kent for his contribution to the valuable work of the Royal Life Saving Society, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016.
Mr Kenneth White MBE, who is a member of the Wessex Branch of the society, attended the event at the Royal Over-Seas League where 125 members of the society were presented with the HRH Prince Michael of Kent 125th Anniversary Certificate of Merit.
His Royal Highness is the Commonwealth President of the RLSS and approved the special anniversary edition of his Certificate of Merit. The award is made to individuals whose voluntary contribution and achievements have significantly impacted on the Society and its work, or have represented the Society in an exemplary way, in particular in the fields of sport, youth and drowning prevention.
Recipients of the Certificate in 2016 came from countries including the UK, Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and St Lucia.
Later that day members attended a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Michael of Kent to mark the anniversary. The event was also attended by HRH The Duke of Edingurgh, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, and TRH the DUKE and Duchess of Gloucester.
A volunteer organisation, The Royal Life Saving Society is dedicated to the prevention of drowning and was established in England in 1891. The RLSS has independant, self-governing branches active in 27 Commonwealth countries. Its British headquaters are in Broom, Warwickshire.
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