Dame Jane Goodall Receives Appointment in Buckingham Palace Ceremony

Prince Charles invested Jane Goodall as a Dame of the British Empire (DBE) in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today, "for services to the Environment and Conservation."

The honour is the equivalent of a knighthood and follows Dr. Goodall's 1995 appointment as a CBE, or "Commander of the order of the British Empire." The new appointment was announced in Queen Elizabeth II’s June 2003 birthday honours list.

The ceremony began at 11 am this morning in London and Dr. Goodall was the first to be invested. She was followed by Dame Joan Plowright, the widow of Sir Lawrence Olivier. Every person who is invested receives an insignia of their award. The insignia that they receive reflects the class to which they are appointed. Today, Dame Jane received a badge and a star as a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Dr. Goodall was born in London and grew up in Bournemouth, where she still has a home. She was joined at the ceremony by her sister Judy, executive assistant Mary Lewis, and friend and former director of JGI-UK Dilys Mackinnon.

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