Eden Project directors honoured by the Queen

Rita Broe and Peter Stewart. Pic: Eden Project Rita Broe and Peter Stewart will become Members of the Royal Victorian Order

Two Eden Project directors have been honoured by the Queen for their work on The Big Lunch as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Project campaign director Peter Stewart and strategic marketing director Rita Broe will become Members of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO).

Eden's Big Jubilee Lunch attracted a record-breaking 8.5m participants across the UK.

Eden's chief executive, Sir Tim Smit, said the honour was "a great accolade".

The Eden Project campaign began in 2009 with the aim of "getting as many people as possible across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year".

Cornwall's Captain Ross Geoffrey Ferris OBE, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Master from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Rosalie, has also been honoured by the Queen.

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