A north-east solicitor has been honoured by the pope for her services to her local church.
Fiona Stewart, who works for Aberdeenshire Council, has been awarded the Benemerenti Medal from Pope Francis for her devotion to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) Catholic church in Banff.
Miss Stewart moved to the town in 1993 having grown up in Tranent in East Lothian.
The 50-year-old holds a number of different positions with the church, serving as the secretary of the parish council and the chairwoman of the finance committee.
She is also a church minister, delivers readings and is in charge of the sacristy, where the priest prepares before mass.
As well as this, she has also been the chief musician for more than 20 years – she first picked up her love of playing and performing at the church in her hometown.
Miss Stewart was presented with her award by Father Colin Stewart at the church which included a medal and a certificate on behalf of the pope.
She said: “I am very surprised, taken aback and humbled to be the recipient of such an award.
“I love music and have always tried to use my time and the talents I have been given to do what I can at church.
“It’s just something I have always done and I never expected to be recognised for it. All I can say is thank you.”
Members of the congregation celebrated with Miss Stewart and baked her a guitar shaped cake for the occasion.
Meanwhile, she has also recently been given professional recognition, receiving a long service award by the council.
Miss Stewart is now a senior solicitor and Licensing Board depute clerk, and has worked for the authority for 25 years.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert said: “Thank god for the Fiona Stewarts of this world.
“How many of our communities and parishes are sustained by people who freely give of their time, talents and selves to enrich the lives of others.
“It is only right that Fiona’s many contributions, to both church and society in Banff should be recognised.”