Andy Murray, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill are among the Olympic starrings recognised in a New Year Honours list which also includes big names from the entertainment world.
Rio 2016 men’s tennis champ Murray and double gold-winning athlete Farah receive knighthoods ,~ ATAGEND while heptathlete Ennis-Hill becomes a madam .~ ATAGENDA host of Paralympians also receive honours, including 11 -times gold medallist dressage rider Lee Pearson who receives a knighthood .~ ATAGEND
Veteran comic Ken Dodd said he felt “highly tickled” to receive a knighthood at the age of 89.
‘Dream come true’
So too does actor Mark Rylance, the Wolf Hall and Bridge of Spies star recognised for services to the theater. Patricia Routledge, best known for playing Hyacinth Bucket in TV’s Keeping Up Appearances, is made a dame for services to theatre and charity.
Murray said he could not get used to the knighthood, adding: “I feel more still like Andy Murray,[ that] feels patently more normal to me but it’s obviously a big honour and happy with that, a nice style to finish or start the New Year.”
Farah said the knighthood was a “dream come true” for a boy who had arrived in the UK from war-torn Somalia at the age of eight unable to speak English.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is made a madam for services to style and journalism. She said she “was very touched to be honoured by a country I care about so deeply”.
A total of 1,197 people are on the list, with virtually three quarterss of them earning recognition for work in their local community .~ ATAGENDAmong them is Alan Woodhouse, the Samaritans’ longest-serving volunteer ,~ ATAGEND who has worked for nearly 57 years at the charity’s Liverpool branch and is appointed MBE.
This year ensures the greatest proportion of black, Asian and minority ethnic recipients – 9.3% – in the history of the Order of the British Empire.
Women make up merely over half of those being honoured.
Television presenter and campaigner Lynn Faulds Wood has turned down an MBE ,~ ATAGEND saying the honour system is “not fair”. Hillsborough campaigner Prof Phil Scraton refused his OBE as a protest.
Rio 2016 was Britain’s most successful Olympics ever, and many of Team GB’s superstars are recognised with an honour.
Farah, 33, told: “I’m so happy to be awarded this incredible accolade from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight.”
Rower Katherine Grainger – the first female Olympian to win five medals at five Games – said becoming a dame would be “something to live up to” ,~ ATAGEND while Laura Kenny – the country’s most successful female Olympian – and husband Jason are both appointed CBE for services to cycling.
A second married couple who won gold in Rio – hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh and her spouse and teammate Helen – are appointed OBE and MBE respectively.
Kate Richardson-Walsh told the BBC: “To have been given an MBE previously and then to get another letter through the post is very, very special.”
Equestrian gold medallists Nick Skelton and Charlotte Dujardin, swimmer Sascha Kindred and para-equestrian Sophie Christiansen are make CBE, while boxer Nicola Adams ,~ ATAGEND cyclist Katie Archibald and cyclist Jody Cundy are appointed OBE.
The long listing of athletes appointed MBE includes the entire gold medal-winning GB women’s hockey team, swimmer Adam Peaty, wheelchair tennis champion Gordon Reid, sailor Saskia Clark and para-athlete Kadeena Cox.
Cox, who vied on the athletics track and in the velodrome at the Rio Paralympics, said her mothers were “just massively proud” of her.
“They’re proud of everything I’ve done I guess – the latter are proud of the fact I was just sat on a plane going to Rio, let alone all the stuff that’s come with it, ” she said.
Double gold medal-winning gymnast Max Whitlock is also appointed MBE, and told: “It is a great feeling now to see it on the name card – the three letters after my name – and it gives me a lot of motivation.”
Elsewhere in the world of sport, Chris Coleman is appointed OBE for services to football in recognition of leading Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals. There is an MBE too for Michael O’Neill, administrator of Northern Ireland, who took them to the knock-out stage.
Sir Roger Bannister – the first man to break the four-minute mile in 1954 – is made a Companion of Honour for services to sport at persons under the age of 87.
Stage and screen
Topping the list in the world of stage and screen, director Sir Richard Eyre is made a Companion of Honour, while percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie gets the same recognition for services to music.
Ray Davies, 72, said his initial reaction to his knighthood had been “a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a little bit embarrassed”, but added: “After thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.”
New dame Patricia Routledge said she was “very surprised indeed but very pleased that the accolade pertains to theatre”.
Among the thespians to be named OBE are Naomie Harris, Helen McCrory and Tim Piggott-Smith, while Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan receives the same honour.
Elsewhere in the arts world, fashion designer Anya Hindmarch, cartoonist Peter Brookes and author and illustrator Shirley Hughes are appointed CBE. So too is veteran broadcaster Angela Rippon, in recognition of her work in dementia care.
Victoria Beckham is appointed OBE for services to the fashion industry – 13 years after her footballer husband David received the same honour – while Soho House founder Nick Jones and restaurateur Mark Hix are both appointed MBE for services to hospitality.
Also made an MBE is BBC cricket correspondent and Test Match Special commentator Jonathan “Aggers” Agnew .
From Westminster, Baroness Shirley Williams is named a Companion of Honour for services to political and public life. The Lib Dem grandee retired from the House of Lords in February after a distinguished parliamentary career stretching back more than 50 years.
There are also knighthoods for Conservative MP Julian Brazier, Labour MP David Crausby and former minister and ex-Liberal Democrat MP Steve Webb.
A number of party donors are also recognised in the honours listing, including Dominic Johnson, associate treasurer of the Conservative Party and now CBE, who gave the Cameron family somewhere to bides when they left Downing Street in July.
Northumbria Police Commissioner Vera Baird, an ex-Labour MP, becomes a dame for services to women and equality.
Campaigners in various fields are alsoes recognised, including the Right Reverend James Jones – formerly the Bishop of Liverpool – who is knighted in recognition of his role in helping the Hillsborough families.
Justine Roberts, founder of parenting website Mumsnet, is appointed CBE, while Marcia Shakespeare is appointed MBE for her work against gun violence since the death of her daughter Leticia in 2003. Of her award, she told: “I don’t do it for medals, my reward is when I can see small children has turned “peoples lives” around.”
Television presenter Maggie Philbin, best known for Tomorrow’s World in the 80 s and 90 s, has been appointed OBE in recognition of her work in sparking young people’s interest in technology and engineering.
For inspiring young person in a different way, adventurer David Hempleman-Adams is made a Knight Commander of the Victorian Order – a personal gift from the Queen – in recognition of his services to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
The honours system
Commonly awarded ranks 😛 TAGEND Companion of Honour – Limited to 65 people. Recipients wear the initials CH after their name Knight or Dame CBE – Commander of the Order of the British Empire OBE – Officer of the Order of the British Empire MBE – Member of the Order of the British Empire BEM – British Empire Medal