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Queen Elizabeth II presents Julie Bailey with CBE Award

Julie Bailey holds her CBE (Commander of the British Empire) Award, after being presented with it by Queen Elizabeth II at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on March 28, 2014 in London, England.
Julie Bailey holds her CBE (Commander of the British Empire) Award, after being presented with it by Queen Elizabeth II at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on March 28, 2014 in London, England. Photo by WPA Pool/Getty Images

Julie Bailey, founder of Cure the NHS, a campaign group to expose and thereby correct the maltreatment of patients at Stafford Hospital in the U.K. was awarded with a CBE or Commander of the British Empire Award.

Queen Elizabeth II presented the award Friday at the Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, England.

In the U.K., an Investiture ceremony is the new version of the knighting, which honors a British person who has acted especially bravely or worked particularly hard.

About 2,600 people get the meet the queen and be personally presented with the award each year. A list is published two times a year of the recipients, and about 25 of the ceremonies are held annually. Generally, they take place at Buckingham Palace, but they also may take place in the Waterloo Chamber in Windsor Castle or the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Bailey founded Cure the NHS in response to her mother receiving sub-par elder care in the hospital.