Tennis World No.1 Andy Murray, Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah, actor Mark Rylance, comedian Ken Dodd and Kinks musician Ray Davies have been knighted in Queen Elizabeth’s New Year’s Honors List 2017.
Spice Girls member and designer Victoria Beckham was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Other fashion legends included Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of “American Vogue” and accessories designer, Anya Hindmarch. Moreover, the biannual honors list is released on the Queen’s birthday in June and at the end of each year.
This award celebrates those who have made significant contributions to British culture. It also provides public recognition for exceptional achievements or service. Many British sporting stars of the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics were acknowledged.
Moreover, Damehood for athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katherine Grainger, five Olympic medal winner.
Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in under four minutes in 1954, was given a Companion of Honour, one of the Queen’s highest awards. David Adjaye accepted a knight bachelor award. David’s recent venture was the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, and Culture in Washington D.C. Turner Prize-winning painter Chris Ofili took a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).
A couple of diplomats and ambassadors were also acknowledged for their continuous services to Britain overseas. Also, not all the recipients were household names, 74 percent of awardees were recognized for carrying out exceptional works in their local communities.Furthermore, Over half the recipients were women. The Queen honored 1,197 people in total.
Entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of “Social Bite” was given an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire). Moreover, it is a Sandwich shop that supports the homeless and whose customers have included Leonardo DiCaprio, and George Clooney. Further, one of the oldest recipients was 94-year-old Janet Gillespie. She received a British Empire Medal for her charitable service, voluntarily selling commemorative poppies for over 60 years.
Here is a popular song from Knighted musician Ray Davies: