Royal recognition for Welbeck couple

William Parente and Alison Swan Parente
William Parente and Alison Swan Parente

A couple from the Welbeck Estate have been presented with their respective royal honours by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.

Alison Swan Parente, founder of the School of Artisan Food, has been made an MBE for her dedication to the charity and education sectors.

She was at Buckingham Palace to receive her award with husband William Parente, who has been made a CBE for services to the arts and philanthropy.

Talking about her decision to found the school, Alison said: “My background, working with challenging adolescents, led me to believe that everyone has the potential to contribute to society, however unpromising a start they have.

“Showing people the magic of transforming flour and water into bread, milk and rennet into cheese and curing raw meats to become charcuterie was where we started.”

William’s honour follows the commission of the £5 million RIBA award-winning art gallery to show one of Britain’s largest aristocratic art collections.

The Portland Collection exhibits work by Michelangelo, Van Dyck, and even the earring worn by Charles I at his execution in 1649.

William is a trustee on many different charities.