Dr Hilary Jones: GMB star addresses delay in getting MBE from Queen ‘That’s been deferred’
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Good Morning Britain and Lorraine’s resident GP Dr Hilary Jones, 67, has given an update as he waits to receive his MBE. The ITV presenter revealed in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk that the ceremony at Buckingham Palace has been deferred due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Explaining that the Royal Family won’t be attempting to host a virtual presentation amid the lockdown, Dr Hilary also shared how he felt after finding out he had been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Detailing his reaction, the medical expert gushed: “Completely out of the blue and thrilled.
“I’ve been a GP for nearly 40 years, I’ve been medical broadcasting for nearly 32 years, and you hope that you’re doing good work and you’re making a difference.
“But it’s lovely to have that recognition and very flattering as well.”
He added: “But I’m also very conscious that there are many other deserving people who haven’t been awarded anything, and hopefully their turn will come.
“[The ceremony] has been deferred until we can do it, no virtual ceremony.
“But I think there will be the real thing in due course,” Dr Hilary spilled.
At the time, Dr Hilary was congratulated by GMB with a tweet from the show’s official account.
He appeared in the Birthday Honours list alongside ITV co-star Lorraine Kelly.
The post read: “We’re delighted to share the news that @DrHilaryJones is being awarded an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours alongside @reallorraine who is being awarded a CBE.”
Speaking about the honour on the show, the health expert said: “I feel humbled and delighted in equal measure to be afforded this honour.
“I can only hope that my work in public health broadcasting and in medical practice over the last 40 years is truly worthy of it, in the full awareness that others from many different walks of life are even more deserving than myself.
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“I shall continue this work for which I have an enduring passion and will continue to support the various amazing charities in which I am involved.
“This is such an unexpected honour I’m very grateful and humbled.”
Dr Hilary also addressed his future on GMB, saying: “ITV and I have worked together for 32 years and it’s been a blast.
“We’ve covered some fantastic campaigns, like the Help Us, Help You one, and other cancer campaigns, heart campaigns, spotting the early signs of meningitis, cot death.
“And we’ve had many letters as a TV station saying, ‘Thank you for making us aware of the symptoms of prostate disease or breast cancer, you’re instrumental in saving a life.’
“So that’s been great, and I’ll continue with ITV for as long as it’s fascinating and interesting and fun.”
The general practitioner explained that although working on shows including Good Morning Britain has been “a blast” for him, he recently sought solace in the process of writing his first novel, which is entitled Frontline.
Sharing an insight into his writing process, Dr Hilary said: “I really got so involved in it – in a way it was a release from what I do in my day job, talking about the pandemic.”
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