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Newsline: British Ambassador to France celebrates damehood with a bike ride

Britain’s new ambassador to France, Menna Rawlings, has been made a dame for her work for the foreign office in the New Year Honours lists. Dame Menna’s honour comes just over four months after she took over the ambassador’s role. She described herself on social media as “feeling humbled and a bit overwhelmed” and said she celebrated with a bike ride. (https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/British-Ambassador-to-France-celebrates-damehood-with-a-bike-ride) Specifically, she is now a Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George, equivalent to a knighthood for men. The order is especially associated with work for Britain overseas and she was appointed for her “for services to British foreign policy”. Dame Menna previously told The Connexion in an in-depth interview that she had also marked her arrival in Paris this summer by cycling around the city on a Vélib bike.

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