PADIHAM’S most famous and distinguished son has been awarded one of the highest accolades possible from the Queen.
Lord Shuttleworth has been made a Knight of the Royal Victorian Order, a personal honour bestowed by the monarch as a reward for personal service to Her Majesty.
Lord Charles Shuttleworth will receive the award, given to him in the New Year’s Honours List, at a ceremony to be held at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle. Speaking about his honour, described as “a mark of high esteem and favour”, Lord Shuttleworth said he believed it has been given in recognition of his role as chairman of the Council for the Duchy of Lancaster, a post he has held for five years. The Duchy is custodian for 18,800 hectares of land in England and Wales which consists of key urban developments, historical buildings and castles, farmland and areas of outstanding beauty.
Lord Shuttleworth said: “My role involves overseeing the running and care of the land and properties and I have met the Queen on a number of occasions when she has made formal visits. Her Majesty particularly enjoys visiting farmsteads to meet the tenants and see how they operate and also to view their livestock.”
Lord Shuttleworth, who lives at Leck Hall near Carnforth, was first given the royal seal of approval in 1996 when he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, a post he still holds. His ancestral home was Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham which dates from the 15th Century when it was built by Sir Richard Shuttleworth whose family owned the hall for many centuries.
The long line included Lady Rachael Kay-Shuttleworth whose world famous collection of needlework and lace is housed in the hall. The hall came under the stewardship of the National Trust in 1970 when Lord Shuttleworth gave up ownership.
But he still has strong connections with Padiham and is a keen follower of the Clarets, watching home and away matches whenever he can.
Lord Shuttleworth said: “It was marvellous to see the team in the Premiership, it was a wonderful season and I club does seem to be doing well again.”