Former Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Councillor Billy Ashe has been presented with his MBE by Prince William at Buckingham Palace.
The councillor, who represents the Carrick Castle ward, was bestowed the prestigious accolade in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for services to local government in Northern Ireland.
Councillor Ashe said: “I am proud and humbled by this award and it was an honour to have it presented by Prince William, Baron of my home town of Carrickfergus.
“As I said previously, I accept the MBE on behalf of all of our remarkable citizens and groups throughout Carrickfergus, and Mid and East Antrim.
“My thanks to all my family for their incredible support throughout my political career, and to those in Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
“It is a privilege to serve the people of Mid and East Antrim and I look forward to doing all I can to continue to make this borough the ideal place to work, live, invest and visit.”