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Royal Society of St. George, California Awards Ceremony and Commemoration for Queen Elizabeth II

Updated: Sep 21


Marquis John Blakemore, Chevalier Peter Ekert, Chevalier Carlos Bright Sr., Ralph Jarrells, Sandro Monetti, and Philippe Milgrom

Beverly Hills, California, USA. 18th September, 2022. The Royal Society of St. George (RSSG), California Branch held an Awards Ceremony and Commemoration for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The event included a moment of silence in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a memory table with a guest book people could sign, and a champagne toast to welcome His Majesty King Charles III to the throne. The Royal Society of St. George is a charity organization that was established in 1894 to encourage interest in the English way of life, English customs, and "Englishness."


Royal Society of St. George Awards Table


The event was hosted by Princess Karen Cantrell, Chairman of the Royal Society of St. George, California Branch, and began with five RSSG members being confirmed as members of the Confrérie du Sabre d' Or by Philippe Milgrom, the US Ambassador for the Confrérie. They were Maryanne Parker, Ralph Jarrells, Chevalier Carlos Bright Sr., LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang, and Joey Zhou, founder of the Los Angeles Beverly Arts (LABA). Since Jiannan Huang and Joey Zhou were unable to attend the event, Princess Karen Cantrell, accepted their certificates. The Confrérie has promoted the wine of Champagne in France and the Art of Sabrage (the act of opening a bottle of Champagne with a sword) for more than 30 years.

Chevalier Carlos Bright Sr., Dr. Jeanne Ruderman, Ralph Jarrells, Maryanne Parker, Marquis John Blakemore, Philippe Milgrom


Princess Karen Cantrell accepts certificates for Jiannan Huang and Joey Zhou from Philippe Milgrom, U.S. Ambassador for Confrérie du Sabre d' Or


Princess Karen Cantrell accepts Confrérie du Sabre d' Or certificates for Jiannan Huang and Joey Zhou Jiannan Huang is one of the world's finest artists, specializing in Chinese ink and oil painting. He is ranked third on the 2020 Hurun China Art List and 19th on the Hurun Global List with art sales of $29 million. In 2020, Huang was invited by the LABA International Art Festival Organizing Committee to participate in the LABA International Art Festival as a Blue-chip artist. Last year, he was awarded an honorary membership into the Royal Society of St. George, California.


LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang


At around 11:45am, the California branch of the Royal Society of St. George commemorated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a moment of silence and welcomed King Charles III to the throne with a champagne toast led by Sandro Monetti, member of the RSSG Board of Trustees, California Branch.


Moment of silence and commemoration for Queen Elizabeth II The awards ceremony began with Brenda Yang, President of the JinGuo Committee being awarded the title of Honorary Member of the Royal Society of St. George, California Branch by Chairman Princess Karen Cantrell and Vice-President Maryanne Parker.


RSSG Vice President Maryanne Parker and new RSSG Honorary Member Brenda Yang

Joey Zhou was awarded "The American Cultural Award" by RSSG Chairman Princess Karen Cantrell in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the international exchange of American culture and art as the founding chairman of the LABA International Arts Festival. Joey Zhou was unable to attend and his award was accepted by Philippe Milgrom, U.S. Ambassador for the Confrérie du Sabre d' Or.


RSSG Vice President Maryanne Parker and Philippe Milgrom, U.S. Ambassador for the Confrérie du Sabre d' Or who accepted "The American Culture Award" for Joey Zhou Sandro Monetti, news commentator, royal correspondent for CNN, journalist, and member of the RSSG Board of Trustees received the RSSG Medal of Honor, in recognition of his contributions to American and British culture, arts, film and television, and especially journalism.

Sandro Monetti wearing his Royal Society of St. George Medal of Honor during his acceptance speech Five members were awarded with the Special 70th Platinum Jubilee Medal in Honor of Queen Elizabeth II for their contributions to the spread of British culture in the world. Two members received special awards for their contributions - Miranda J. Kramer and Marquis John Blakemore.


Sybil Jarrells, Miranda J. Kramer, Brenda Yang, and Laura Angelini wearing their 70th Platinum Jubilee medals in honor of Queen Elizabeth II


Miranda J. Kramer shows her ring she was awarded from the St. Lazarus Relief Fund and Marquis John Blakemore wears his necklace with a medal that he was awarded from the St. Lazarus Relief Fund for their contributions.







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