Saturday, June 11, 2016

Queen's Birthday Honours: Rod Stewart and Tim Peake head list

Rod Stewart and Tim PeakeImage copyrightPA/AP

Singer Rod Stewart has been knighted in a Queen's Birthday Honours list that also recognises the achievements of British astronaut Tim Peake.
Major Peake was on the International Space Station when he received the news he would become a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to space research and scientific education. 
The knighthood for Sir Rod, whose own stellar career has seen him sell more than 100 million records over six decades, is for services to music and charity.
"Forces sweetheart" Dame Vera Lynn joins the elite Companions of Honour in recognition of her services to entertainment and charity.
And Downton Abbey actress Penelope Wilton is made a dame for her services to drama.
There are CBEs for England cricket captain Alastair Cook, former footballer Alan Shearer and broadcaster Janet Street-Porter, and OBEs for TV presenters Ant and Dec and actor Brian Blessed.

The UK's first official astronaut, Major Peake is due to return to Earth this month after a six-month mission and said he was "honoured to receive the first appointment to the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George for extraordinary service beyond our planet".
The honour is usually given for "serving the UK abroad".
Stewart, 71 - now officially Sir Roderick - said: "I've led a wonderful life and have had a tremendous career thanks to the generous support of the great British public. This monumental honour has topped it off and I couldn't ask for anything more."
Brian Blessed and Janet Street-PorterImage copyrightPA
Image captionThe careers of Brian Blessed and Janet Street-Porter were recognised
Of the 1,149 people recognised on the list, 70% are being honoured for work in their communities, either in a voluntary or paid capacity.

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