Ion Ratiu’s son, Nicolae Ratiu, the chairman of The Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation has been honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) award for “his services to disadvantaged groups in Romania”. The full list of the new knights, dames, MBEs and OBEs in the UK and overseas, plus military and police honours offered by Her Majesty on the occasion of the New Year has been published by www.theguardian.com. “This award recognises the achievements and services of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom,” writes www.romanianculturalcentre.org.uk.
About the Award:
King George V created these honours during World War I to reward services to the war effort by civilians at home and servicemen in support positions.These honours are in ascending order: the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE); the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE ); the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), with the highest honours being KBE (Knight of the Order of the British Empire) for men or DBE (Dame of the Order of the British Empire) for women.
These ranks are now awarded for prominent national or regional roles and to those making distinguished or notable contributions in their own specific areas of activity. The honour of an MBE, in particular, can be given for achievement or service in the community, informs www.romanianculturalcentre.org.uk.
Image: Nicolae Ratiu with his son Thomas | Photo credits: victormoss/Photography