She was unable to accept it at the time, as she was under house
arrest and feared that the regime would bar her from returning to
After visiting Ireland, Suu Kyi's 17-day European tour takes her
to Britain on Tuesday.
She will celebrate her birthday in the southern English town of
Oxford, where she studied at the prestigious university and lived
for several years with her late English husband, Michael Aris.
Oxford University, where she studied politics, philosophy and
economics and met Tibet expert Aris, will award her with an
honorary degree on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Suu Kyi is to address both houses of parliament in
London in a rare honour for a foreign dignitary, as well as meet
Prime Minister David Cameron and heir to the throne Prince
Suu Kyi's tour, which also takes in Switzerland and France, is
her first trip to Europe for 24 years.
It has been clouded by continued violence in western Myanmar
where dozens of people have been killed and more than 30,000
people displaced by clashes between Buddhist Rakhines and
stateless Muslim Rohingya.