For most there aren’t many honours higher than one given to you by the Queen, so the list of 1,109 people who have earnt themselves a place on the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2017 are likely to be feeling especially happy right now.
The Queen’s honours list was revealed over the weekend of 17th June, and features a line-up of famous faces and impressive people from all industries and sectors, including entertainment, sport, the public sector and philanthropy. Her Majesty’s birthday honours are released every year, and recognise
the achievements of people from a broad spectrum of areas around the
This year, the number of women receiving an award is the highest it’s ever been, with 43% going to extraordinary females.
June Whitfield is one of the women who made the cut for the Queen birthday honours 2017, being awarded a damehood. The actress, who famously starred in Absolutely Fabulous, said, “It is wonderful to think that people think I’m good enough to appreciate what I’ve done.”
Another revered actress joins the list this year, Julie Walters – who will now be known as Dame Julie. And joining her is comedian Billy Connolly, who is currently suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and is being awarded for his services to entertainment and charity.
J.K Rowling, who has already received an OBE, is set to be made a Companion of Honour alongside Paul McCartney, Delia Smith and others, in the Queen’s honours list.
Everyone’s favourite funny-man David Walliams, has bagged himself an honour for his work in the arts and his charity work, including his 140-mile River Thames charity swim back in 2011.
Moving on to sports, Judy Murray has also been granted an OBE in the Queen’s honour list, for her services to the tennis industry and her work pushing forward the sport.
But perhaps the most poignant awards of the list go to PC Keith Palmer and Bernard Kenny.
PC Keith Palmer will receive his award posthumously, as the heroic policemen who died protecting the gates of Parliament when the area was hit by a terrorist attack on Westminster bridge in early 2017.
And Bernard Kenny was the brave passer-by who did his best to protect MP Jo Cox from the attack that killed her in Yorkshire in June 2016. He was stabbed whilst doing so.
We couldn’t think of two more deserving people this year.