Lily’s visit to Buckingham Palace

Lily Scott (second from right) at Buckingham Palace to receive her MBE, with from left daughter Hazel, son Johnston and daughter Audrey
Lily Scott (second from right) at Buckingham Palace to receive her MBE, with from left daughter Hazel, son Johnston and daughter Audrey

a KIRKCALDY counsellor has told how she “savoured every moment” when she went to London to receive her MBE.

Lily Scott (81), went to Buckingham Palace last month to collect the MBE she was awarded in the Queen’s birthday honours last June.

And she described the occasion as “just marvellous”.

Lily joined the former Marriage Guidance charity, now called Relationships Scotland Couple Counselling Fife, back in 1975, and is the second longest-serving counsellor in Scotland.

Her job is to help couples having relationship difficulties to sort out their problems and to try to reach an amicable solution.

She was nominated for her MBE by her work colleagues who described her as “still as enthusiastic as ever.”

Lily was accompanied on her trip by her two daughters Hazel MacDonald (52), who lives in America, Audrey Douglas (54), from Glenrothes and her son Johnston Scott (43), from Kirkcaldy. She received her investiture from Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.

Lily recalled: “We went down on the Monday and went to a carol concert in the Royal Albert Hall then stayed over in a lovely hotel. We went to Harrods and saw ‘Mamma Mia’ in the west end on the Tuesday.Then on the Wednesday it was the ceremony at the palace.

“I remember being really nervous, but Prince Charles was lovely and really put me at my ease.

“He asked about my work and if I thought counselling helped people.

“Afterwards we all went to the Ritz for afternoon tea. It was a fantastic day and I savoured every moment of it.”