Press Release

Governor's Group
Office of the Governor
Release Date:
Friday, 5 January 2018 - 9:31am

Two BVIslanders have been awarded Honours in the Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours List. Mrs Lynden Smith has been awarded a MBE for services to developing education programmes and advocating literacy in the British Virgin Islands and Mrs Monica Allen has been awarded a BEM for services to the community in the British Virgin Islands.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made the appointments as part of her New Year Honours List. The Queen’s New Year Honours List recognises individuals for outstanding achievement and service across the UK and the Overseas Territories.

“My warmest congratulations go to both recipients on their well deserved awards   for their long standing dedication to education and contribution to the community” Governor Jaspert said.

The full New Year Honours 2018 Diplomatic Service and Overseas List can be found at


As an Overseas Territory, citizens of the British Virgin Islands are eligible to be nominated for the Queen’s Birthday and New Year's Honours.

Nominations for Queen’s Birthday and New Year's Honours can be submitted to the Governor’s Office for consideration by the Honours Committee any time of year. They will be dealt with in accordance with the timings for the forthcoming nominations process. 


Maria Mays

Policy Officer
Office of the Governor
Telephone: 468 3507