Britons who reflected the Queen’s ‘priceless’ qualities have been recognized on her Birthday Honors List as the nation celebrates the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee.
Famous figures from showbiz, sport and politics – including actor Damian Lewis, former First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster and journalist Clare Balding – have been honoured.
Lewis said he and his late wife Helen McCrory were both “delighted” after the 51-year-old TV, film and stage star was made a CBE.
The couple raised money for Feed NHS, a fundraiser to donate food from street restaurants to NHS staff during coronavirus lockdowns, before acclaimed actress McCrory died in April 2021 at the age of 52 years following a battle with cancer.
Lewis told the PA news agency: ‘What a great honor to receive the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list for services to the theater and for the charity work I have done over the years and during the pandemic with my late wife, Helen McCrory.
“Thank you very much. She and I are both delighted.
According to those responsible for the selection process, greater consideration was given to individuals who represented themes such as youth engagement, the environment and sustained public service.
British-Indian author Sir Salman Rushdie and illustrator Sir Quentin Blake have been named Fellows of Honor for their services to literature and illustration.
Sir Quentin said: “Of course it’s a huge privilege to be made a Companion of Honour, but it’s also of particular interest to me because it’s not, unlike so many awards, just a medal that’s yours. pinned.”
Sir Salman said: “It is with great surprise and pleasure that I learned of this extraordinary honour. It is a privilege to be included in such an illustrious company, past and present.
Elsewhere in showbiz, fashion designer Stella McCartney has been named CBE.
The MBEs were served to MasterChef duo John Torode and Gregg Wallace for food and charity service.
Torode said: “I am truly delighted, humbled and very grateful and would like to thank those who nominated me for this great honor of an MBE.”
And her co-star Wallace said: ‘From a council estate in Peckham to being recognized by the Queen, this to me is something like a fairy tale story. I’m incredibly, incredibly proud.
Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus novels and winner of several national and international awards, was knighted for his services to literature and charity.
Nicholas Coleridge, chairman of the V&A Museum and co-chairman of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, was also knighted, which on Sunday will see a 3km carnival procession through central London with thousands of people.
A record proportion of Queen’s Birthday honors have gone to women, the percentage this year – 51.5% – slightly higher than the previous record of 51.2% set in 2015.
The proportion going to people from ethnic minorities, 13.3%, was down from a record high of 15.0% last year, while slightly more went to people with disabilities.
The percentage of LGBT beneficiaries decreased slightly compared to last year, from 5.0% to 4.6%.
Balding said: “I’m so surprised and really thrilled to receive such a prestigious honor and really see it as a reflection of people’s interest in the sport.
“I love having the opportunity to broadcast sporting events and talk about the positive impact of sport.”
In the world of football, five-time Champions League winner and former Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and Liverpool player James Milner have been appointed MBEs, while former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been made an OBE.
Eve Muirhead of the British women’s curling team has been named an OBE after helping the country reach the podium at the Winter Olympics in February.
Her teammates Jennifer Dodds, Hailey Duff, Mili Smith and Victoria Wright became MBEs with coach David Murdoch.
Meanwhile, cricketer Moeen Ali has been appointed OBE.
Ali said, “It’s an honor to be recognized, it’s amazing and my family is really proud and happy. More than anything, I know it makes my parents happy.
Former Stormont Premier and ex-DUP leader Arlene Foster was made a Dame and Tory MP and former Attorney General Jeremy Wright was knighted, days after calling on the Prime Minister to resign over the partygate saga.
Dame Arlene said: “This is the Platinum Jubilee year and Her Majesty The Queen has given so much devotion and service to the country so to receive her in her Platinum Jubilee year is really special to me. It is a real pleasure for me. »
Tory MPs Maria Miller, Tracey Crouch and Chris Skidmore are also on the list, with a femininity, CBE and OBE respectively, while Labor MP Nia Griffith is also a dame and her colleague Stephen Timms is knighted.
And there was a second successive honor for the Blair family following former Prime Minister Sir Tony’s New Year’s Knighthood, as his son Euan was made an MBE for services to education in his role as founder of Multiverse, which offers learning programs.
Elsewhere, NHS England national medical director Professor Sir Stephen Powis and AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot have been knighted and England’s chief nurse Ruth May made a dame as They were among a host of names recognized for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Angela Redgrave, 104, the oldest recipient on the list, and twins Elena and Ruben Evans-Guillen, 11, the youngest, received BEMs, the latter two after raising £50,000 for the NHS at the course of the last three years.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘This historic platinum jubilee is not just a celebration of the monarch but of the qualities she possesses.
“The accolades she is bestowing this week reflect many of those qualities which have been invaluable across all walks of life and in communities across the UK.
“I pay tribute to all of this year’s winners. Their stories of courage and compassion are an inspiration to us all.
A government spokeswoman told a briefing at Lancaster House in central London on Tuesday: ‘Each of our selection committees have been asked in particular to look at Jubilee themes, looking at the engagement of young people , the environment and sustainability and a sustained public service.
“So those were considered with all the things usually looked at, service to others, sustained commitment.
“But we have particularly sought to consider and promote cases that illustrate these themes, which are the themes throughout the entire Jubilee.”