I think it's fantastic that people can make themselves feel warm and fuzzy with this romantic debate.
However I fail to see how anyone could think a bee would recognise them, days or even weeks later. A colony doesn't even recognise it's own queen 48hrs after being removed. Try it if you don't beleive me. Remove your queen for 48hrs and then dump her straight back in (no-cage, no-escorts). Now if your theory is right you would think they would treat their own queen better than even us. They do not and often tear them apart.
Why? Because they have lost the chemical pheromone scent they once had and now don't recognise the queen. We all use this great technique to requeen colonies.
Anyway as long as it makes you feel good I'm happy with that. I agree with everyone on the point of demeaner when working hives to be the most important factor.