Queen Awarded Made-Up Award By the Armed Forces She's Technically In-Charge Of, And No One Thinks It Is A Bit Silly

By James O Malley on at

Congratulations to The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh - the pair have been awarded a new set of military medals. Finally - after all of these years - some recognition!

The government has announced that earlier today Defence Services Secretary Lieutenant General Richard Nugee performed the medal ceremony which saw them pick up long service and good conduct medals to complement their existing medals for military service.

Yep, it appears that when you're old and royal, you don't just get an over-sized novelty badge pinned on to you on your birthday, you get actual medals.

Apparently this time around, the Queen received three medals - one for each branch of the armed forces, and each medal will include 5 bars to denote 65 years of service. The medals even include an engraving of her face - though we assume this is an honour unique the Queen, and that other recipients won't be sitting for a portrait.

Perennial underachiever Prince Phillip meanwhile, only got the one, for his Naval service, but he got six bars as he has technically been in the navy for 75 years.

This isn't the first time that the Royal Family have been given pointless awards.

There was the time that Prince Charles was given an award by his mum, that "recognises his support for the Queen as commander-in-chief", for instance. And there was when the Australian Prime Minister decided to award Prince Phillip a knighthood - in which he became an international laughing stock, and the decision nearly ended his Premiership.

This latest award also (probably) does not make the Queen the most decorated Head of State in history. Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin bestowed titles upon himself so that he eventually became known as "His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular".

The official press release sadly doesn't reveal whether at any point during the Queen's medal ceremony if anyone said, "c'mon, this is ridiculous".