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At the start of each year and on her official birthday in June the Queen awards honours to people who have made outstanding contributions to their country, continuing an ancient tradition which has been performed by the monarch for hundreds of years.
Captain Scott - Explorer
Captain Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole in January 1912 - a bitter victory, for Norwegian Roald Amundsen has beaten him to his goal. Scott and his team did not survive their return journey, suffering from exhaustion, frostbite and starvation.
Charles Dickens was a prolific author whose works have withstood the test of time.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl's book has proved a success with generations of children (and adults!). The colourful, imaginative setting of the chocolate factory lends itself to visuals and the book has been filmed twice. Find out more about the book, the author and the films.
Cheddar, a hard cheese, is made and eaten in many parts of the world. A staple English food, Cheddar originated in south west England in the twelth century and carries the name of the place that gave it birth.
In England Christmas dinner – which can range from a meal served close to noon to one served after dark – is a meal which can draw family and friends together for feasting and celebration. Over the years the centrepiece of the food laden Christmas table has changed, and is still changing...
Many Christmas songs come and go, famous for a season; four of England's lasting Christmas songs are Do They Know It's Christmas, Mistletoe and Wine, Walking In The Air and Wherever You Are.
Concert Review - Emma Johnson Clarinet
Emma Johnson is an accomplished musician who won the BBC's Young Musician of the Year competition in 1984. She shows mastery of her craft, her clarinet singing seductive stories that mesmerise her audience.
A Cornish pasty is a meal in itself - meat and vegetables encased in a half moon case of golden pastry.
Cucumber sandwiches are an English tradition. They are usually eaten over the summer months, often at outdoor events. There is an art to making the perfect cucumber sandwich...
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