LONDON: Prince Andrew is the recipient for this year’s Special Benevolence Award conferred by the Cheng Ho Multi-Cultural Education Trust.
The Duke of York received the award from Perak Ruler Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah during a special conferment ceremony held at Kensington Palace in London recently.
The award is the third in a series by the Trust which was founded and funded by Malaysian entrepreneur Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew.
Previous winners were former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Lee said the award recognised outstanding individuals whose actions exemplified benevolence.
Lee, the founder of the Country Heights Group of Companies, said Prince Andrew had been instrumental in forging closer ties between China, Asean and Britain during his tenure as Britain’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment.
Besides a plaque, a specially-crafted seal symbolising the virtues of benevolence and a specially commissioned vase with a rooster motif was handed over to the 55-year-old prince.
Lee presented the seal while the vase was handed over by Phoenix Satellite TV founder Sir Liu Changle.
In accepting the award, Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, said Asia and China were very important markets for Britain. “The relationship we now have with China is moving on to a new era. And so my journey in support of British work, business, culture, charities, organisations and people continues,” he declared.
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