British Transport Police (BTP) Chief Constable Lucy D’Orsi has been honoured by the King for her contributions to the funeral of his mother, the late Queen.
CC D’Orsi – who was the National Coordinating Gold Commander for the policing operation around the funeral last year – has tonight been announced as a recipient of an honour under the Royal Victorian Order (RVO).
These awards are gifted by the King to people who serve the monarch in a personal way.
CC D’Orsi said: “I feel honoured to receive the Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. To be recognised for personal services to the monarch is something I will always cherish.
“I am extremely proud of the preparation and delivery of the national policing for Operation London Bridge which was such a historic operation on a global stage. It showed the best of UK policing which was only possible due to the dedication and pride of those I am privileged to work with.”
CC D’Orsi was the national police lead for “Operation London Bridge”, which saw her lead the policing operation around the funeral in September last year.
Thousands of police officers from across the UK supported 10 days of ceremonial events, ensuring the security of everyone visiting to pay their respects.
Other people on the list include the RAF flight crew who transported the Queen’s coffin from Scotland to London, coffin bearers and senior managers from the household and Government.
CC D’Orsi added: “I have been fortunate to work in such a unique position and will always look back fondly on my time with Her Majesty, who always showed me great kindness. Her devotion to public service will inspire others to protect their communities – making the United Kingdom a better and safer place for generations to come.
“I am grateful to those who have supported me in this work, especially my family and friends who have always been so kind and understanding. They continue to be there for me which makes me feel lucky every day.”
Rail Director spoke to Lucy about her career. You can read the full interview here.
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