...Sir Frederick Franklin...
Although Freddie was created Commander of the British Empire (CBE) a couple of years ago, that's still one grade short of Knight of the British Empire (KBE) or Knight Commander of the British Empire (KCBE), which would give him the "Sir". He's still just Mr. Frederic Franklin (CBE). I've often wondered what kind of thinking goes on behind the scenes when it comes to Birthday Honours and such. I asked somebody in the Garter King of Arms' office one time, and he said, "Well, it has a lot to do with what the Government wants. Sir Anton Dolin was, after all, Irish, and had an American passport, and there was some to-do about what kind of a precendent that would set, especially from the Tories. Besides, he did most of his work outside of Britain, and they didn't like that either, especially when it came to the War!" Politics!
In the UK, any citizen or group thereof can nominate someone for a CBE which is awarded for :
a prominent national role of a lesser degree; or a conspicuous leading role in regional affairs, through achievement or service to the community; or
making a highly distinguished, innovative contribution in his or her area of activity.
There is a formal protocol of consideration by several levels of committees and in the end, it is the responsibility of The Prime Minister to make a list of submissions to Her Majesty the Queen who generally makes the presentation but this can also be made by members of the Royal Family. There is a Specialist Sub-Committee for the Arts and Media.
Anyone can be nominated, but only exceptional people are honoured. To be in with a chance of seeing your candidate on the Honours List, you have to make sure your nomination has what it takes to make it all the way to Buckingham Palace. Achievement comes in many forms but what is looked for is someone who has made a difference in their field of work or community.
Frederic Franklin's award was very warmly and fondly received by the ballet world in the UK as was witnessed a few years ago when he took a curtain call on the stage of the Royal Opera House(he was a member of the Sadlers Wells Ballet). It semed like a welcome home for one of ours who had made it good at home and especially proud of the name he had made abroad.
With a wealth of experience from his training with the legendary Nikolai Legat and fellow Russian teacher Lydia Kyaksht to his work with various companies, Franklin has a lot to offer for historians and thank goodness some of it has been recorded.