A Moulton mum-of-two marked her 25th year in nursing with a memorable day out at Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen.
Candice Pellett received her OBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to nursing at an investiture in London after she was named in the New Year Honours List.
Married with a son and daughter, Candice joined the NHS in 1989 and started training as a nurse in 1992, gaining her district nursing specialist degree in 1999 and the Queen’s Nurse title in 2008.
Candice said: “I was fortunate that the Queen was taking the ceremony, although no one knew that until we arrived at Buckingham Palace.
“We were taken up the royal staircase and guests were led into the ballroom where the investiture took place.
“We were given a number of instructions about the ceremony - when to walk forward, curtsy and how to respond correctly to the Queen - but the atmosphere was very relaxed.
“The ballroom was beautiful, vast chandeliers filled the room and the military band played on the balcony.”
Candice is a senior case manager and community practice educator in Bourne, but also sits on a number of national bodies, including the Prime Minister’s Care and Quality Forum.
“When it was my turn, I walked forward to curtsy and receive the OBE from the Queen.
“She appeared to be very interested in the work I do, especially in palliative and end of life care.
“The whole day was very exciting and extra special as I had three members of my family with me.”