HM LORD Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, was surprised with a magnum of Champagne to celebrate being awarded a prestigious honour.

In June, Sir Henry was made Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) by the Queen - recognising the hard work and commitment he has contributed over the years in serving as her representative in Buckinghamshire and the South East region.

It is often referred to as the Queen’s Gift because it comes directly from the monarch.

Bucks County Council chairman Brian Roberts arranged a special surprise for Sir Henry at the last full council meeting on July 25.

Addressing the audience at the meeting, Brian Roberts acknowledged Sir Henry’s achievement and congratulated him before a group of local cadets entered the council chamber carrying a magnum of champagne to present to Sir Henry.

Speaking afterwards Brian Roberts said: “On behalf of the County Council I wanted to do something special to congratulate Sir Henry.

“This is a huge honour and one that he truly deserves. In his time as Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry has worked tirelessly in representing HM The Queen at all manner of events and occasions.

“To have been personally bestowed with this honour by The Queen herself speaks volumes and demonstrates the highest level of gratitude and appreciation for the service Sir Henry has given in his role as Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.”

Sir Henry has served as the county’s Lord Lieutenant for 14 years. His duties include arranging visits to the county by members of the royal family, presenting medals and awards on behalf of the Queen, participating in civic, voluntary and social activities and liaising with local Armed Forces units.