New appointment to the Order of Merit
Published 09 July 2009
THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN
The Queen has been pleased to appoint the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien (formerly Prime Minister of Canada) to be a member of the Order of Merit.
The Order of Merit, founded by 1902 by King Edward VII, is a special mark of honour conferred by the Sovereign on individuals of exceptional distinction in the arts, learning, sciences and other areas such as public service.
Appointments to the Order are in the Sovereign's personal gift and ministerial advice is not required.
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Christmas Broadcast 2000
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Christmas Broadcast 1998
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A speech by The Queen on her Golden Wedding Anniversary
He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years.
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Christmas Broadcast 1991
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Christmas Broadcast 1990
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Christmas Broadcast 1989
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Christmas Broadcast 1988
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A speech by The Queen to mark Australia's bicentenary
More than ten thousand men and women can take great pride in the parts they have played in the creation of this symbol of Australian unity and democracy.
Christmas Broadcast 1987
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Christmas Broadcast 1986
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Christmas Broadcast 1984
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Christmas Broadcast 1983
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Christmas Broadcast 1981
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Christmas Broadcast 1980
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Christmas Broadcast 1979
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Christmas Broadcast 1971
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Christmas Broadcast 1970
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Christmas Broadcast 1969
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Christmas Broadcast 1968
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Christmas Broadcast 1967
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Christmas Broadcast 1966
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