Belfast officer honoured for role in policing operation after death of Queen
A senior Belfast police officer has been given a rare royal honour for his role in the operation following the death of the Queen last year.
Chief Superintendent Davy Beck is one of only a few police officers from across the UK who have been made a member of the Royal Victorian Order, which recognises distinguished personal service to the monarch.
It was founded by Queen Victoria in 1896 to be bestowed at the discretion of the sovereign and is used to recognise a wide variety of services to the royal family.
Mr Beck will receive the accolade for his role in leading the preparation, planning and strategic oversight of the operation following the death of the Queen last year.
He said he is delighted and honoured by the award.
“Whilst it was a deeply sad occasion, I felt privileged to have contributed through my role in leading the policing operation for the passing of Queen Elizabeth II,” Mr Beck said.
“Having such dedicated and professional colleagues ensured the operation was carried out expertly and I would like to thank them for their contribution.
“I would also like to thank my family for their unwavering support over the course of my career.
“This is a hugely memorable occasion for me for which I am very grateful.”
Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable Simon Byrne said: “The awarding of this recognition to Chief Superintendent Davy Beck is a testament to the strong leadership and skilled professionalism he displayed during the overseeing of the operation for the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
“I extend my congratulations to Chief Superintendent Beck and am pleased his work is being acknowledged at such a prestigious level.”