Such honours are given in recognition of great achievement and imply trust from the monarch through her first minister of the Treasury - Prime Minister, David Cameron.
I have yet to receive an invitation for an honour from her Majesty the Queen for "services to blogging on selling matters." If I were to do so, such an invitation for an honour from The Queen I am given to understand would be a command.
I understand that I would have to return a suitably worded reply addressed to the member of Her Majesty's Household who had issued the original invitation. I would probably first need to consult Debrett’s http://www.debretts.com/
Despite the fact that the royal household is on-line nowadays http://www.royal.gov.uk/ , I very much doubt the invitation would be communicated to me in the style of those automated messages to join the chivalrous company of gallant business gentlemen and ladies of the “ The Most Noble order of Linked In ”.
“Since You Are A Person I Trust, I Wanted to Invite You To Join My Network on Linked In."
To some that flattering automated message from Linked In should have a health warning! But why , what could be more lovely in the world of business than to be" trusted" ?
Of course when we say we did not deserve the 'honour' of such an invitation – that is not humility but candour. For we may have done absolutely nothing to deserve that trust unlike the real honours like Sir Jonathan's.
Have I met the Linked In invitee ?
0 Done business together?
0 other ?
Indeed for such an invitation there is no need to consult Debrett’s but one can just lazily depress the ‘accept’ button.- job done
Linked In maybe morally neutral but our use ( abuse) of it may not be. The way that word “Trust” is used in an automated message devalues that particular virtue.
- Trust and respect
- Should your network be "Open" to all or restricted?
- Personal invitation or junk invitation?
Those connections are going to prove to be far more valuable to all concerned
- Discerningly open
"Back in the day"
It was how connections were made in days gone by.
The Most Noble Order of the Garter is the highest order of chivalry existing in England, founded in 1348 by Edward III.
It was to be “a society, fellowship and college of knights” given to those the monarch trusted.
Knights are to be chivalrous which are qualities idealised by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honour, and gallantry.
The Order is dedicated to the image and arms of St. George as England's patron saint, and is bequeathed to recipients from Britain and other Commonwealth.
After a peerage, it is the pinnacle of the UK honours’ system .
Bestowing the honour is one of the Monarch's few remaining truly personal, executive privileges.
The most popular legend for the origin of the Order involves the "Countess of Salisbury" while dancing with or near King Edward at Eltham Palace, her garter is said to have slipped from her leg.
When the surrounding courtiers sniggered, the king picked it up and tied it to his leg, exclaiming, "Honi soit qui mal y pense," ("Shamed be the person who thinks evil of it."), the phrase that has become the motto of the Order
The motto to be found all over Windsor Castle home of the Order of the Garter. The six is just the viewing point for tourist visitors.
Shamed be the person who thinks evil of it Honi soit qui mal y pense
The order's emblem, depicted on insignia, is a garter with the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (Old French: "shame upon him who thinks evil upon it", or "evil to him who evil thinks") in gold lettering. Members of the order wear such a garter on ceremonial occasions
Do Debrett’s offer help on “netiquette and LinkedIn yet?. Possibly they cover it “Modern manners” http://www.debretts.com/debrett's-publications/books/a-z-of-modern-manners.aspx
By the way, if we’re not yet connected, and you think that there might be a good reason to be so, please send a short personalised invitation on LinkedIn but please not one of those 'auto-trust' messages- my profile Hugh Alford , and I’d be happy to accept.
Of course, you can always follow me at distance on twitter
I’ll be pleased to follow back as long as your twitter feed looks like it might be interesting
And should it be a command from her Majesty I will consult DeBrett's quam celerrime and reply to the best of my ability.
"Your humble servant, your Majesty."