Her Majesty The Queen has been named Londoner of the Year at the 2017 London Press Club Awards.
The Queen was praised by the judges for her unstinting and faithful service to London and called an ‘icon of our City’.
HRH Prince Andrew accepted the award on behalf of his mother who was unable to attend.
Presenting the award at the annual London Press Club lunch at Corinthia Hotel, Lord Guy Black said: “Her Majesty has presided over our second Great Elizabethan Age – and pulled off a task of extraordinary historical and constitutional importance.
“For on the one hand she has been a beacon of stability, our steadfast rock in an age of great turbulence, anxiety and change. Yet at the same time as being a figure of such continuity, our Sovereign – along with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the other half of an enduring partnership – has also presided over an extraordinary transformation in the Monarchy to equip it for the modern age and the next generation.
“For all that she has done for our Capital City – as indeed for our nation – HM The Queen is this year’s Londoner of The Year.”
The keynote speech was given by the Speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Fowler, who emphasised the need for an impartial press to hold those in charge to account. Of his own establishment, the former Times journalist said: “The Upper House should be judged by the majority who are engaged not the minority who add little to the debate.”
The London Press Club was delighted to welcome back BBC presenter, Kate Silverton to present the remaining awards in eight categories.
News UK swept the board in the newspaper of the year awards; The Times won Daily Newspaper of the Year and The Sunday Times scooped best Sunday title with editors John Witherow and Martin Ivens respectively collecting the awards.
In other categories, Oliver Shah, whose Sunday Times investigation into Sir Philip Green’s £1 sale of BHS is reverberating still, won Business Journalist of the Year.
Emily Maitlis of BBC’s Newsnight won Broadcast Journalist of the Year while the Print Journalist of the Year award went to Ian Hislop of Private Eye.
In his acceptance speech, Ian said that Private Eye’s record circulation – currently at its highest level in the magazine’s 55-year history – was proof that “print journalism is not dead.”
“Print journalism is alive and kicking,” he added. “Journalism is worth doing and it’s worth paying for.”
Lara O’Reilly of businessinsider.com was named Digital Journalist of the Year and Scoop of the Year went to Daniel Taylor of The Guardian for his sensational investigation into sexual abuse in football.
Anthony Hilton of the London Evening Standard received The Edgar Wallace Award for outstanding writing and reporting.
Chairman of the London Press Club, Doug Wills, thanked the sponsors without whose support the awards would not be possible: UK Power Networks, which sponsored Business Journalist of the year; sponsors of Broadcast Journalist of the Year, Associated British Ports; Google which sponsored Digital Journalist of the Year; Gorkana, sponsors of Print Journalist of the Year; Tie Break Tennis, sponsors of Sunday Newspaper of the Year and Barclays which sponsored Daily Newspaper of the Year.
Doug also thanked Getty Images for the stunning display of news and sports photographs that were displayed around the Ballroom of Corinthia Hotel during the awards lunch.
“As the chairman of our awards judges says, news came in thunderbolts in the past year,” said Doug. “With incessant claims from over the Atlantic about fake news, in London brilliant journalism came into its own. Demand increased for quality reporting and analysis.
“British journalists had their finest hour.”