Queen Elizabeth awards Filipino with British Empire Medal

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“I am delighted to announce that Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II has honoured Mr Roland Quitevis with the British Empire Medal for his services to UK-Philippine Relations,” British Ambassador to Philippines Daniel Pruce said in a statement.

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“This is a thoroughly well-deserved recognition of Roland’s long service at the Embassy, mostly spent as the Ambassador’s driver,” Pruce added.

 Quitevis has been serving as driver at the British Embassy in Manila.

“I have had the privilege to be the official driver to eight of Her Majesty’s Ambassadors to the Philippines in my 33 years of service in the British Embassy in Manila,” Quitevis said.

Aside from driving for Ambassadors, Quitevis was also privileged to drive for some members of the Royal family.

“I have also been so honoured to be able to drive for some members of the Royal family,” he said.

“These include three visits by Prince Andrew, Duke of York, two visits by Princess Anne and a visit by Prince Charles. It has been such a memorable experience to me to meet each one in person,” he added.

“In fact, during the most recent visit of Princess Anne to the country, she commented that I was very young when she first came to Manila and visited the indigenous community in Clark in the aftermath of the 1991 Mount Pinatubo volcanic eruption,” he further said.