MBE? Don't make me laugh...
Attending the Palace to be formally invested with one's MBE is supposed to be a serious occasion. One in which unseemly levity would be entirely out of place.
Quite how Algernon - who was lurking behind the professional photographer - managed to get this photo of all four of us laughing (a pose which most definitely does not appear on the official photographs) is therefore something of a mystery.
We ought probably all to have been taken round the back and shot.
L to R: Aunty J; self; self's brother; the Old Blind Git; and Sutton. (Sutton being the only one who was sufficiently unmoved by the pomp of the occasion to have slept through the entire ceremony. Well, I think he was the only one. If any of the others did, they're not confessing to it.)