The work of the Staffordshire Regiment Museum has been given the royal seal of approval.
The Whittington attraction welcomed the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson CBE and the High Sheriff of Staffordshire Susie Lillingston along with representatives of the Mercian Regiment to hand over the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The honour is known as the MBE for volunteers and was given to the museum for “providing an exceptional educational service for local schools and preserving its regimental collections”.
A certificate signed by the Queen was handed over at the ceremony.
Dani Pritchard, curator of the museum, said: “We are so proud of our amazing volunteers, without them the museum would be a much lesser place. It’s a privilege to work with them.”
In the second half of the ceremony, Lance Corporal Watchman V, the much loved mascot of the Staffordshire Regiment, was promoted to Corporal and awarded new chevrons of rank.
LCpl Watchman, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, is present at many 3rd Battalion (Staffords) and Mercian Regiment events, including the home-coming parade that took place in Lichfield.