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New Year Honours

The New Year Honours have been released and as usual there are many recipients from all walks of life, some deserving and others may be questionable.

This is the first such honours by King Charles and I have picked out a couple of recipients that I feel are worthy of recognition.

The widow of a Thames Valley Police officer, killed in the line of duty three years ago, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List 2023.

Lissie Harper

Lissie Harper campaigned for tougher sentencing following the killing of her husband PC Andrew

Alicia 'Lissie' Harper received the award for services to victims of violent crime.

After the killers of her husband were jailed for manslaughter, Alicia Harper campaigned for tougher sentencing for anyone who, whilst committing a crime, kills an emergency worker.

It led to Harper's Law, a mandatory life sentence, which Alicia believes will help protect emergency workers like Andrew.

Alicia Harper, speaking in March 2022, said: "I think we all expect some kind of faith in our justice system and laws and the way in which our country deals with people like that and I didn't get any of that and I felt something needed to be changed and if no one else was going to do it then I needed to do it."

Jason Knauf

The former Kensington Palace staffer who once guided the communications and strategy for the then-Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has been made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by King Charles III in his New Year’s Honours List.

Jason Knauf, who joined Kensington Palace in 2015 and worked for the four principles there during his tenure, joins an illustrious list of staffers who have been rewarded for personal service to the monarch or the Royal Family.

Speaking of his honour, Knauf said, “Working for the Prince and Princess of Wales was the honour of a lifetime. Receiving this recognition means more to me than I can say. I am incredibly grateful.”

Knauf is perhaps most widely known for his role in the bullying allegations at Kensington Palace, alerting Prince William to allegations from staffers working for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Knauf continued to work with William and Catherine within their eponymous Royal Foundation through 2021 before stepping down from his duties. Knauf helped launch the Earthshot Prize in 2019 and 2020 as part of his duties.


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