The Queen’s Birthday Honours List recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.
Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the Civil service.
Each recipient exemplifies the very best of our nation – from our oldest recipient, 103 year old Rosemary Powell receiving an MBE for her charitable service, having spent over 97 years volunteering for the Royal British Legion – to the youngest at 20 years old, Menna Fitzpatrick. Menna, Team GB’s most decorated Winter Paralympian, receives an MBE for her services to Paralympic Winter Sport alongside her guide, Jennifer Kehoe.
- a damehood for actress Emma Thompson, for services to drama
- a knighthood for Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, for services to literature
- a damehood for Professor Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge, for services to the study of classical civilisations
- a knighthood for historian and broadcaster Professor Simon Schama
- a knighthood for former footballer and manager Kenny Dalglish
- a CBE for actor Tom Hardy
- a CBE for television presenter and author Bamber Gascoign
- a CBE for journalist and Kate Adie
- an OBE for boxer Anthony Joshua
- an OBE for Winter Olympian gold medalist Lizzie Yarnold
Order of the British Empire
Instituted in 1917 by George V to reward outstanding contribution to the war effort, this Order now rewards people from all walks of life with well-known honours such as MBEs and OBEs.