Legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino's work has been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen and he has received an honorary OBE for his work over the years. Testino has photographed the royal family on countless occasions; he photographed Kate and Wills official engagement photos and also his famous shots Princess Diana for Vanity Fair. Testino has kept a close bond with the UK, he is currently based in London and regularly contributes to Vogue UK and this bond has evidently worked in his favour.
As we all know the OBE is generally awarded by The Queen at Buckingham Palace however recipients born outside the UK receive their award from the High Commissioner of their place of birth so in Testino's case Peru.
Testino came to London in his early 20's to study economics but then decided his loyalties lay with photography and is today one of the most iconic and well known photographers in fashion.