The Member Of The British Empire (MBE) medal John Lennon returned in protest to British monarch Queen Elizabeth II has been discovered on the 25th anniversary of the late BEATLE's murder.

Lennon and his fellow Beatles were given the medal by the Queen in 1965. But anti-war campaigner Lennon, who was shot dead in New York on 8 December 1980, decided to return his in November 1969.

In a letter accompanying the medal, Lennon wrote, "Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against COLD TURKEY slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon."

The medal was found in a royal vault and may now be put on public display.