Princess Haya Receives ‘Legion of Honour’ From France
Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, wife of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was honoured with the National Order of the Legion of Honour. The Legion of Honour is France’s highest decoration. Princess Haya, FEI President, received it in recognition of her efforts of the equestrian sport.
Princess Haya received the award from Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development. The ceremony took place in Caen, France. Caen hosted the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014.
While addressing the 100 guests in attendance, “You are a remarkable person. Due to the inspiration you have given to many people over the years, through your sporting and humanitarian efforts, France is extremely happy to pronounce you Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour.”
The FEI President said in her acceptance speech, “I accept this honour on behalf of all of my colleagues at the Fédération Equestre Internationale and everyone who contributed to the success of the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, including the 3,000 French volunteers and the wonderful people of this region, who welcomed the equestrian world to their home.”
She went on saying, “I accept this honour on behalf of the dedicated humanitarian aid workers that I encounter in my travels as a UN Messenger of Peace — the selfless healthcare workers from Médecins Sans Frontières, the humanitarians from the World Food Programme, and so many other committed people who serve those in need long after I have returned to the comforts of my home.
“I accept this honour knowing that I have done so little to earn it, but inspired to do more in my limited capacity to advocate for a more equitable, more compassionate and a more peaceful future. I am deeply grateful.”
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