Birthday honours for Royal aide Pauline

PAULINE ADAMS of Bo’ness is on cloud nine after being named as a Member of the Royal Victorian Order in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Carriden Glade’s Pauline (55) is recognised for 20-plus years’ service as clerk to the lieutenancy of West Lothian.

It’s only granted to members of the royal household and Pauline said: “I received a letter in May. I was absolutely delighted!”

From 1990, until retiring in March as support manager in the chief executive’s office, Pauline was responsible for co-ordinating royal visits to the area on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant.

Describing it as very much a team effort, she liaised with royal households and police over the programme.

Her first job was the St John’s Hospital opening in Howden, attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, and 30-plus events included Prince Charles’ Linlithgow Palace and St Michael’s Church visit.

She also organised presentations to local firms getting a Queen’s award for enterprise.

She said: “It was a privilege to be appointed and a pleasure to give service for over 20 years. I’ve many, many happy memories.”

Very few people - including husband Jeffrey (55) - knew her exciting news before it went public last weekend. She said: ‘‘Since then I’ve been over whelmed with cards and messages and letters.”

Her palace date will soon be confirmed.