COLLEGE principal Shelagh Legrave has been awarded an OBE.
The head of Chichester College was presented with the honour by the Queen on Friday at Windsor Castle, after she was included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours earlier this year.
She was joined by luminaries such as Sir Lenny Henry, who was collecting a knighthood, and Martin Clunes – a fellow recipient of an OBE.
Mrs Legrave, who was honoured for services to further education, said she exchanged a few words with the Queen about Chichester College and said that she seemed surprised at the college’s diversity.
She said: ‘It was a very special and unforgettable day, which started in style after I was collected and driven to Windsor in a Rolls-Royce thanks to the generosity of the company with whom we have many apprentices.
‘I lined up with people like Sir Lenny Henry and Martin Clunes in the Garter Room, before being announced and curtseying to the Queen.
‘I was able to speak to her briefly and she was amazed at the range of courses and qualifications we offer at Chichester College.
‘I then enjoyed a walk through to St George’s Hall for photos in front of a beautiful 30ft Christmas tree.
‘It really was a day to remember and we were treated with such kindness by the staff at Windsor. I am unbelievably proud, thrilled and honoured to have received an OBE.’