Bernard postponed honour collection

The impact of the avian flu outbreak was underlined when Bernard Matthews postponed his collection of an honour from the Queen.

The impact of the avian flu outbreak was underlined when Bernard Matthews postponed his collection of an honour from the Queen.

He had been due to be invested into the Royal Victorian Order for services to charity at Buckingham Palace today.

But shortly after the discovery of the virus at the Bernard Matthews farm in Holton, near Halesworth, he asked for his appearance to be moved.

A Palace spokesman said: “Mr Matthews was due to come to receive his CVO for charity work from the Queen, but contacted us to postpone his investiture for understandable reasons.”

Mr Matthews, who already has a CBE, was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the New Year's Honours. The award is in the Queen's personal gift and given in recognition of service to the Royal Family. He is being presented with the accolade for services to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme, of which he is a charter founder member.