Yesterday (Tuesday July 3) the family of renowned Lewis cancer research campaigner Kay Mackay was in Edinburgh for the presentation of her MBE awarded in the Queens New Year's Honours List for 2018.
Sadly Kay passed away in early February to the great grief of the community.
Attending this week’s event in her stead were husband Jackie Mackay, twin sons Gregor and Roger, and Roger’s wife Sophie.
Roger tells welovestornoway.com: “It was a beautiful day in Edinburgh, and as we arrived, the Royal Standard was billowing in the breeze above Holyrood Palace.
“The staff of the Palace and the Royal Staff with the Queen were absolutely fantastic, they were happy, smiling, charming and welcoming on what was a proud but nervous day for award Recipients.
“It was a bittersweet day for us, so very proud of what Kay had achieved in her work with Cancer Research UK, but sad that she could not be there to receive the award in person.
“But we were determined as a family to represent her and continue her wishes by receiving the award and celebrating the day with friends and family.
“My father, Jackie went forward to receive the award in the beautiful Gallery room of the Palace, surrounded by portraits of Royalty stretching back hundreds of years, with a Military String section playing throughout.
“It felt like a hugely important occasion and we looked on in the intimate audience with pride. Jackie was carrying a picture of Kay, in a silver frame, which we've been told has never been done before. The Queen presented her award to Jackie and remarked on the picture asking if that was Kay and talking about her very important work for charity.
“Afterwards as we were leaving, one of the Military Officers assisting Her Majesty, shook our hands and commented that The Queen had said as she left, that it was most touching that Jackie was carrying a picture of his late wife whilst picking up the award on her behalf.
“It was an amazing day, and we received so many messages of support from friends and family, and from the Lewis Cancer Research committee. “