Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti has this week been presented a CBE Order of the British Empire honour - at a private ceremony with Prince Charles at London's Buckingham Palace.
Awarded annually since 1917, the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire chivalry title acknowledges significant contribution in the United Kingdom to the arts and sciences, charities and welfare organisations.
"I am very grateful to receive this honour ...’ the 31-year-old violin soloist has said.
"This meaningful public recognition encourages me to deepen my commitment to music, to playing and to providing enrichment, inspiration and variation to the education system that serves communities throughout the UK," she has said.
Nicola has worked with organisations including Sistema Scotland and the Nordoff Robbins music charity - and currently serves as President of the European String Teachers Association’s British chapter.
She was previously made a MBE, Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - and was awarded the prestigious Queen's Medal for Music in 2016.