Richard Thompson Awarded OBE

Richard Thompson

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has named folk legend Richard Thompson to the 2011 Honours List as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Thompson is one of the most highly respected contemporary folk musicians in the world, playing a major part in the folk revival of the 60s and 70s and was a founding member of Fairport Convention. Thompson is probably best known as a songwriter, guitarist and performer both solo and in collaboration with other musicians (in particular his ex-wife Linda).

The OBE was instituted by King George V in 1917 as recognition of those who have made significant non-military contributions to the British Empire and is awarded by the reigning monarch twice a year. The honour will be bestowed upon Thompson during an Investiture ceremony at St. James’s Palace at a future date, yet to be announced.

1 Comment

  1. January 3, 2011 at 21:02

    […] all the excitement of learning that Richard Thompson was among the recipients of the 2011 Order of the British Empire (OBE) we completely missed another […]


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