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Soldier receives MBE at Buckingham Palace
8:00am Saturday 9th March 2013 in News
A HEREFORD soldier had a date with royalty when he collected his MBE for “exceptional service”.
Major Steven Burton, who serves in the 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) and has recently spent 18 months in Afghanistan, was presented with the medal by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
The 35-year-old, who joined the army when he was 21 after completing officer’s training at Staffordshire University, told the Hereford Times that the award had come as a surprise.
He added that he was “delighted that his efforts and those of his men were formally recognised by the nation”.
His mother, Valerie Wood, said seeing her son collect the award was a very proud and emotional moment.
She said: “I was just choking up – I’m so proud of him.
“I think Steven was a bit nervous and there was a big sigh of relief when it was all over. He was pleased it was Prince Charles presenting the award.”