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Knight of the Thistle honour for Lord Cullen

3 July 2008

Lord Cullen, the former Lord President and Lord Justice General, has been installed as a Knight of the Thistle - Scotland's highest public honour.

The retired judge, who also conducted the public inquiries into the Piper Alpha disaster, the Dunblane shootings and the Paddington rail crash, received the award from the Queen at a ceremony yesterday in Edinburgh's St Giles' Cathedral. The Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal were also present, to see Lord Cullen installed as a "Knight of the most ancient and most noble Order of the Thistle".

Part of the ceremony was held in private - in the Thistle Chapel especially created for such ceremonies in 1911 - but it was broadcast over loudspeakers to hundreds of invited guests in the cathedral.