On the occasion of the Celebration of her birthday, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appointed Mr Declan McCavana Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empirefor services to the promotion of the English language in France” as President of the French Debating Association.

That’s right: on her birthday, the Queen gives presents to us.

This honour celebrates over twenty years of hard work and dedication to debating and to teaching.

Ladies and Gentlemen, raise your glasses and join us in congratulating Declan for this incredible honour… and take the time to congratulate yourselves in the process, for it is thanks to your continued participation and support that this association, and its President, has been able to promote the English language.

Thank you Declan for introducing debating to France!