Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021: List in full of sports stars, Covid heroes and Lulu – The Mirror


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More than 1,000 celebrities, sports stars, Covid experts and community heroes have been recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

Servicemen and women, politicians and even the head of Universal Credit are also rewarded in the bumper list as Britain remains gripped by the pandemic.

While much of the attention will focus on stars in the world of showbiz and sport, the community heroes matter too - and there are a lot of them.

This summer's honours include people who bottled hand sanitiser for the Covid response and delivered meals to key workers struggling under the pressure.

Of the 1,129 people receiving an award, 50% of the total are women, and 15% come from an ethnic minority background.

Meanwhile, 17.3% of recipients considered themselves to come from a lower socio-economic background.

Here are some of the highlights of this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list - and if you scroll down you should be able to see the names in full.

Dame Lulu among a host of celebs

National treasures Lulu and Engelbert Humperdinck are among the showbiz stars getting gongs in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Lulu, 72, is awarded a CBE in recognition for her 57 year career as a singer, entertainer and raising money for charity.

Born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, Lulu shot to fame when her cover of the Isley Brothers ‘Shout’ became a hit - and would go on to become her signature tune.

She went on to represent Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969, sharing first place with France, the Netherlands and Spain with ‘Boom Bang-A-Bang’.

And she recorded the theme for 1974's Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun.

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Singers Alison Moyet, 59, and Mr Humperdinck, 85, - real name Arnold George Dorsey - both get MBEs for their services to music.

Ms Moyet, said the honour was “A remarkable, happy-making 60th birthday surprise for me.”

Game of Thrones actor Jonathan Pryce, 74, who is set to portray Prince Philip in the final two seasons of The Crown, is awarded a knighthood.

Mr Pryce said he was proud to be knighted, adding the arts showed people "the importance of debate and tolerance" in "these last few divisive years".

Game of Thrones actor Jonathan Pryce, 74

Game of Thrones actor Jonathan Pryce, 74

And Bake Off judge Prue Leith, 81, gets a damehood for services to food, broadcasting and charity.

TV Judge Robert Rinder said being made an MBE on the same day as his mother made the experience “all the richer and frankly the more beautiful.”

The barrister, 43, is being honoured for services to Holocaust education and awareness, as is his mother Angela Cohen, who is chairwoman of the '45 Aid Society, a charity set up by a group of child Holocaust survivors in 1963.

Prue Leith's gong will be the cherry on the cake

Prue Leith's gong will be the cherry on the cake

And Strictly Judge Arlene Phillips, 78, is made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Other famous names recognised include broadcasters Simon Mayo, 62, who receives an MBE and Sue Barker, 65, who is handed a CBE for services to sport, broadcasting and charity.

Skin , the 53-year-old singer from 90s Brit-rockers Skunk Anansie, gets an OBE, as does David Almond , 70, who wrote the children’s novel Skellig.

Super-producer Alan Parsons , 72, gets an OBE and fellow prog-rock legend Rick Wakeman , 72, gets a CBE.

Julian Lloyd Webber , the 70-year-old cellist brother of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is awarded an OBE.

And actor Ram John Holder, 87, who played Porkpie in 90s sitcom Desmond’s, gets a CBE.

Raheem Sterling leads the field in sports

England football stars Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson both get MBEs in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

In April last year, Liverpool Captain Henderson, 30, contacted fellow Premier League captains to organise a coronavirus fund that would go on to raise millions for the NHS.

And fellow England player Raheem Sterling, 26, is recognised for services to improving racial equality in sport.

The Manchester City forward has faced vile online abuse throughout his career, as well as from fans in the stands.

In autumn 2019, Sterling took part in an anti-racism campaign, No Room For Racism, involving the Premier League, the Football Association, the EFL, the Professional Footballers' Association and anti-racism campaign group Kick It Out.

Raheem Sterling, 26, is recognised for services to improving racial equality in sport

Raheem Sterling, 26, is recognised for services to improving racial equality in sport

Former Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, 73, gets a CBE for services to football.

And Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield, 40, receives an OBE for his work in the sport and fundraising for motor neurone disease.

Other sporting figures recognised in today’s list include British former basketball star Luol Deng, 36, who came to the UK as a refugee from South Sudan as a child.

Mr Deng played in the US for the Chicago Bulls, earning spots on the coveted NBA All Star Team two years running. Today he can add an OBE to his list of accomplishments.

The record caps holder for the Northern Ireland women's football team has paid tribute to her parents as she was honoured by the Queen. Julie Nelson, 35, is to receive the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to women's football.

Jordan Henderson of Liverpool in 2014

Jordan Henderson of Liverpool in 2014

Covid pioneers and everyday heroes

Britain's Covid vaccine pioneers are recognised for their “extraordinary efforts” in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list today.

Kate Bingham, the venture capitalist whom Boris Johnson tapped to lead the UK’s vaccines taskforce is awarded a damehood.

And Professor Sarah Gilbert, one of the top brains behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine also becomes a dame.

Her colleagues, Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, and Professor Peter Horby, joint chief investigator for the Recovery trial searching for coronavirus treatments, are both knighted for their services to public health and medical research respectively.

Kate Bingham, the venture capitalist whom Boris Johnson tapped to lead the UK’s vaccines taskforce

Kate Bingham, the venture capitalist whom Boris Johnson tapped to lead the UK’s vaccines taskforce

As well as prominent scientists, everyday Covid heroes are among the 23% of recipients whose recognition is linked to the pandemic.

25-year-old entrepreneur Rhys Mallows, who repurposed his Welsh whisky bottling business to produce hand sanitiser, also gets a British Empire Medal.

The owner of Cambridge taxi firm, CamCab, Rowhi Mahmoud Nemer, 63, is made an MBE for community service after he offered free rides to NHS staff during the first national lockdown.

And Daksha Varsani, 49, is honoured with a BEM recognising the work of the community response kitchen she founded with her partner in Wembley.

Since April last year, they have served more than 200,000 vegetarian Indian meals to NHS staff and vulnerable people in the capital, while Ms Varsani also oversaw the delivery of more than 85,000 care packages and food deliveries.

Politicians and Universal Credit boss

Boris Johnson has rewarded loyal Tory politicians and staffers with gongs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Brexiteer and former business minister Andrea Leadsom gets a damehood in the list.

Ms Leadsom said she is "deeply honoured" to be recognised, adding: "It is an immense privilege to be recognised for service to politics."

Oliver Lewis, a Vote Leave campaign veteran is made a CBE for political and public service months after he quit Boris Johnson's main adviser on battling Scottish independence - less than a fortnight into the role.

Earl Howe, the Tories’ deputy leader in the House of Lords, is made a Knight Grand Cross.

Brexiteer Tory Andrea Leadsom becomes a Dame

Brexiteer Tory Andrea Leadsom becomes a Dame

Meanwhile, Labour MP Tony Lloyd becomes a knight, Labour chair of the Public Accounts Committee Meg Hillier becomes a dame and former Labour MP Mary Creagh is awarded a CBE.

Ms Creagh, who lost her seat in the 2019 election, said she was "honoured and surprised" to be made a CBE for her services to parliament and politics.

A string of Tory political staff, including No10 policy advisor Aislinn Rea, who is awarded an OBE as is Simon Burton, an aide to the Tory Chief Whip.

Emily Robinson, a former aide to Brexit negotiations chief Lord Frost, gets an MBE.

Anne Longfield, the former Children’s Commissioner, gets a CBE, despite leaving her post with a stinging rebuke of Mr Johnson’s “levelling up” plans.

House of Lords clerk Edward Ollard, who was forced to apologise after saying protests following the killing of George Floyd “did not reflect the seriousness of the events”, is made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath - among the most senior orders of chivalry.

Lord Simon McDonald, the former Foreign Office chief who took early retirement when his department was merged with the Department for International Development, becomes a Knight Grand Cross.

And Neil Couling , the chief civil servant responsible for the highly controversial Universal Credit rollout is made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

Reward for brother and sister who delivered meals for key workers

The kind-hearted everyday heroes of the pandemic who produced thousands of meals for key workers in their hour of need have been rewarded for their efforts in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Caterers, chefs, taxi drivers and community volunteers cooked and delivered food from the nation's kitchens to ensure under pressure NHS staff and the vulnerable stayed fed at the peak of the Covid-19 crisis.

As the virus struck last year, brother and sister, John Brownhill, 54, and Amanda Guest, 58, found themselves inspired by the emotional viral video from Yorkshire nurse, Dawn Bilbrough, who made a heartfelt plea for shoppers to stop stockpiling food.

Ms Guest, from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, who runs an event catering business and restaurant, said: "That's when we decided that we would start producing fresh, delicious meals and send them out to the hospitals."

Struck down with Covid in March last year and with work on hold, Ms Guest joked that her brother proposed the idea to her as "something to get your teeth stuck into".

The co-founders of the Food4Heroes initiative, honoured with a British Empire Medal (BEM), sent their first deliveries to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary that month, with the project eventually growing to produce nearly 250,000 meals for more than 50 hospitals, ambulance stations and food banks.

Campaigner against period poverty

A student who fought for free period products to be provided at schools so that children do not miss out on their education says she is humbled by her MBE, but had to think twice before accepting it.

Amika George, 21, of Edgware, north-west London, is the founder of the #FreePeriods Campaign and has been made an MBE for services to education - the youngest recipient in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

She was 17 and in her first year of A-levels at school when she started the campaign and discovered this summer that she was getting the honour as she finished her history degree at Cambridge University.

Her campaign to tackle period poverty, where young people have to miss out on school because they do not have sanitary products, was sparked because she was "shocked it was something that anyone had to face in the UK".

Road safety campaigner who lost her son, 8

A road safety campaigner has dedicated her MBE to her eight-year-old son who was killed in a smart motorway collision.

Meera Naran told the PA news agency the first person she wanted to tell about her award was her son, Dev, who died after a lorry struck his grandfather's Toyota Yaris on the M6 in May 2018.

Ms Naran, from Leicester, has been awarded an MBE for her services to road safety after playing an instrumental role in the development and adoption of the Government's £500 million 18-point road safety plan for smart motorways.


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