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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
LONDON – Britain’s Ambassador to Israel Tom Phillips has received a knighthood
in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday honors list, announced on
Phillips has been appointed a KCMG (Knight Commander of the
Order of St. Michael and St.
George) by the queen and will receive the
honor in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London later this
Phillips is leaving Israel this summer after four years as
ambassador, and will be replaced by Matthew Gould, who will be Britain’s first
Jewish ambassador to Israel. Gould is due to arrive in September.
very moved,” said Phillips. “If this honor is anything to do with my
then the credit should be shared with all of my embassy team who have
such wonderful support.”
Two other former British Embassy staffers in
Israel received honors. Former defense attaché Col. Mark Rollo-Walker
CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), while
director of UK Trade and Investment at the embassy, Peter Stephenson,
an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).
British honors system is one of the oldest in the world, evolving over
years. Honors lists are published twice a year, on New Year’s Day and on
queen’s official birthday.
Anyone can receive an award if they reach the
required standard of merit or service and honors. Honor lists often
wide variety of people from different backgrounds.