Heroes of the lockdown star in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Ordinary heroes of he coronavirus pandemic and the UK-wide lockdown have been honoured by the Queen in the annual birthday list published today.

This year’s handout of CBEs, MBEs, OBEs and knighthood celebrates those who have helped the country through the difficult months of 2020.

Medics, scientists, community champions and people from the hospitality sector all find themselves named in the list.

England footballer Marcus Rashford, who campaigned to secure food for the most deprived children in the country, has been honoured.

And there is an honour for ‘the nation’s PE teacher’ Joe Wicks.

Dizzee Rascal and Lady Leshurr also get honours, alongside Krept and Konan. Sir David Attenborough gets a new honour, as does Phil Redmond and the brothers who just bought Asda. Tommy Steele and Jeff Lynne of ELO have also been honoured.

David Suchet, Maureen Lipman and Mr Motoivator are all also getting honours.

A number of experts who have contributed their knowledge in science, pharmaceuticals and health to the fight against Covid-19 have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

They have helped inform the Government with its coronavirus policies while making tireless efforts to create a vaccine against the virus.

The majority of the honours list was compiled before the ongoing pandemic, but it was deferred in order to consider nominations for people playing crucial roles during the first months of the Covid-19 effort.

Among those to be honoured is Professor Stephen Holgate, Medical Research Council clinical professor of immunopharmacology at the University of Southampton, who is receiving a knighthood for services to medical research.

He is co-founder of pharmaceutical company Synairgen which has developed an inhaled coronavirus treatment, with early trials showing 79% of hospital patients who took the drug had a lower risk of developing severe disease

Prof Holgate said: “This award is a great surprise to me.

“After lacking the limelight for so long, it is wonderful that the dedication, imagination and courage of so many colleagues is now being recognised in positioning lung disease as a top medical priority.”

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been instrumental in the international effort to develop a vaccine and its chief executive officer Emma Walmsley is being made a dame in this year’s honour list.

This week, GSK and Vir Biotechnology announced the trial of their potential coronavirus treatment will move on to phase three, which will see the study expand globally to additional sites in North America, South America and Europe.

Ms Walmsley previously spoke about supporting researchers in order to scale up a vaccine as fast as possible, stating the “best way to guarantee access is to have the volume available”.

On the damehood, she said: “I’m humbled to receive this honour, it is a real testament to the many outstanding people we have at GSK and the work we do for patients and people here in the UK and around the world.”

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, who leads the Covid Symptom Study (CSS) app with health-science company ZOE, is being made OBE for services to the coronavirus response.

The app is supported by the Government and is used by more than 4.2 million people who are providing health data to help researchers and the NHS understand and beat the virus.

Prof Spector said: “It is great that the Kings-ZOE symptom study app has been given recognition in this way for its impact on Covid-19.

“The whole project got going in just four days and was only possible with the amazing app team at ZOE and the superb academic team at King’s College London all working together.

“This is an award for the whole team.”

Also being made OBE is Calum Semple, professor of child health and outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) – which provides scientific and technical advice to support governmental decision-making.

He is joined by Graham Medley, professor of infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who is also be made OBE for services to the Covid-19 response.

Meanwhile, Dr George Kassianos, national immunisation lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners, is also being recognised for his efforts during the pandemic by being made CBE for services to travel medicine and general practice.

Key workers from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities have been recognised for their selfless efforts in the fight against Covid-19 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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This year’s list was postponed from June in order to include people, such as medical workers, fundraisers and volunteers, who have been instrumental in the fight against coronavirus.

Among those to be appointed Order of the British Empire (OBE) is Felicia Kwaku, 52, associate director of nursing at Kings College NHS Foundation Trust, who has been honoured for her services to nursing spanning more than 30 years.

During the pandemic, she supported BAME nurses by delivering webinars which reached thousands of NHS staff at a time when they felt vulnerable, scared and worried.

A new study commissioned by London Mayor Sadiq Khan found black people are at almost twice the risk of dying from Covid-19 than white people.

The report, released on Tuesday and conducted by researchers from the University of Manchester, found the disparity was partly due to long-standing socio-economic inequalities as well as the over-representation of BAME people in careers such as health and social care – professions more susceptible to exposure to the virus.

Miss Kwaku, of Islington, north London, said it was “timely and appropriate” that BAME people were recognised for their efforts during Black History Month.

“You can’t ignore the significant number of nurses and midwives who have died, and a significant number of them are from BAME backgrounds,” she said.

“You can’t ignore the fact people have laid down their lives during this pandemic, it is only right, proper and fitting to honour them and honour those who continue to serve.”

Miss Kwaku has also championed the cause of Filipino nurses, with analysis by the PA news agency showing at least five of 196 frontline health and care workers who have died after contracting Covid-19 since March were from the Philippines.

She said she raised issues surrounding personal protective equipment (PPE) for BAME staff, particularly certain types of surgical masks built for white Caucasian males that do not fit properly for some Asian and Filipino nurses and doctors.

On being appointed OBE, she said: “It’s my responsibility to represent my profession really well, and for BAME people who don’t get to these levels a lot it’s a real privilege for me.”

Winsome Thomas, 57, who has been a nurse at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust for 21 years, is also being honoured for her services to nursing and has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).

In 2018, Miss Thomas co-founded the trust’s BAME Nurses and Midwives Network, taking over as chairwoman the following year.

She flagged issues with PPE that were not appropriately safe for BAME staff and campaigned for more focus on their wellbeing and support from trade unions in light of the emerging picture with the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Ali Ghorbangholi, 29, co-founder and director of the GoodSAM app, was also appointed OBE for services to volunteering during the Covid-19 response.

The GoodSAM app alerts those trained to administer CPR and defibrillation to people nearby who are suffering from cardiac arrest, enabling them to provide assistance before an ambulance service arrives.

In March this year, NHS England approached Mr Ghorbangholi and co-founder Professor Mark Wilson, 46, who is also being appointed OBE this year, to develop a platform that would mobilise volunteers in support of vulnerable shielded people across the country.

After it launched on April 7, around 750,000 people signed up to be volunteers within 48 hours, with 4,000 successful registrations per second at the peak.

Mr Ghorbangholi, of Hanger Lane in Ealing, west London, said: “I spent most of my time in a dark room staring at a computer screen so the OBE really means a lot to me.

“The response to the app was really heart-warming, it reached a lot of people which shows the levels people are willing to go to help others, it’s a real testament to the people of England.”

On BAME people being honoured this year, he said: “It shows diversity and great work and great achievements honoured regardless of your background, age and sex, it can be a motivation factor for so many others.”

One person who clocked up 750 hours of volunteering through the app is also being honoured for services to the community during Covid-19.

Mustafa Koksal, 63, a supervisor for First Bus from York, completed at least one volunteer duty every day over the two months he spent furloughed, totalling more than 80 trips to fetch shopping or collect prescriptions for elderly and disabled people in the city.

Elsewhere, Jatinder Harchowal, 51, a chief pharmacist at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, has been been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the pharmaceutical profession over 16 years.

Mr Harchowal, from Kingston, west London, was asked by NHS England to be the director of pharmacy for the Nightingale Hospital London which was specially constructed to support all London hospitals during the pandemic.

He set up of the pharmacy service in the Nightingale Hospital in the Excel centre at a time when he contracted Covid-19 and lived apart from his family for eight weeks in order to complete his work and protect them.

He said: “I’m absolutely honoured and humbled, it’s a testimony to the team I worked with at Nightingale and Royal Marsden that has supported me hugely.

“It was really challenging, I’ve got many years of experience but this was an unusual setting for all of us, I couldn’t have done it without working really closely with colleagues across London.”

A supermarket depot manager who organised a celebration to thank care workers for their efforts in the coronavirus crisis has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Staff applauded and trucks honked their horns during a visit by carers to the Asda clothing depot in Washington, Tyne and Wear, in April – which was organised Lucy Mansell-Render.

The 32-year-old night department manager realised care workers who looked after vulnerable people in their own homes could be feeling overlooked in comparison to other key workers during the first lockdown.

She arranged for members of a local care service to visit the depot so their crucial work could be recognised.

The care workers walked into the huge depot yard where around 50 Asda staff clapped and drivers in their lorries beeped their horns to thank them for everything they had done, leaving the visitors feeling emotional and appreciated.

Ms Mansell-Render, who is a member of the depot’s wellbeing team and lives in Washington, has also spent time off delivering chocolates to colleagues who are shielding at home.

She has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her support of others.

Depot general manager Jennifer Stelling said: “Lucy has acted selflessly throughout the pandemic and is always thinking about others.

“The care workers that attended our depot for the socially-distanced recognition were extremely touched and I am sure that in such a terrible climate Lucy gave them one memory that the team will look back on positively.

“Lucy is a credit to Asda and the depot that she works at, and I am extremely proud that she has been given this deserved recognition.”

Ms Mansell-Render said: “I feel honoured to be recognised for this award, however it was a team effort and I’d like to thank everyone involved on behalf of myself and the team here.”

A Glasgow restaurateur who gave out free meals to NHS workers and vulnerable people during lockdown has been made an MBE.

David Maguire , 62, said his first customers on the first day of lockdown – nurses from the Beatson Cancer Centre at Gartnavel Hospital – inspired him to help out during the pandemic.

They visited his West End restaurant 1051 GWR for lunch as all their usual places had been forced to close, including the hospital canteen.

When Mr Maguire and head chef Steven Caputa served the nurses, he said: “We looked at each other and went we just can’t charge them. We’re just making pizza and pasta but these girls were risking their lives to keep going with their patients, so we thought we’ll just give it to them.”

That started a movement which saw the restaurant make more than 800 free meals daily for the next 11 weeks, during which time he lived in his garage as his wife was shielding.

While they initially started helping NHS workers have a hot meal every day, food was also given to the homeless and families in need.

He set up a fundraising campaign with £10,000 of his own money, which raised more than £68,000.

Mr Maguire said: “The restaurant kind of changed from a restaurant to a massive food production centre.”

He said he is “really pleased” to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, but stressed it was a team effort and without Mr Caputa and employee Melody Whitley he “wouldn’t have lasted a week”.

Mr Maguire said: “If Steven hadn’t been enthusiastic and determined none of this could’ve happened.

“It was really his ability as a chef and his skill as a chef.

“When you turn round to a Michelin star chef and say how many dinners can you do, and they normally do about 40 a night.

“When you say can you do 1,500 a day, most would say no. It’s a completely different set of skills and not many people have them, and he’s fantastic.”

Meanwhile, “one woman army” Ms Whitley did not take a day off during lockdown to ensure she could source enough food.

He said: “She goes around supermarkets picking up the surplus, she goes round all the manufacturers, she brings stuff to us to transform into meals, she delivers stuff from us to all the hostels in Glasgow.”

Mr Maguire also said he would have been lost without his wife Veronica.

“She was shielding so I had to live in our garage for 11 weeks,” he said. “And for 11 weeks, my wife made sure that I got a breakfast, and a dinner and kept the place warm for me and tidy and did absolutely everything so that I could spend my time out and about.

“Without her support I wouldn’t have lasted more than a few days.

“If somebody is really looking after you and making sure that you’re comfortable and well fed, you can go for a very long time.

“When you’re working with people who are motivated like that, for whom nothing is difficult or a problem, or are in a pretty good mood all the time, it’s kind of easy to do this stuff.

“You get caught up in a wee adrenaline buzz and you’re riding the wave with it.

“The fact that there are good people out there who are helping you along and motivating you, we could easily see that in the NHS staff.”

Dr Conall McCaughey , 59, was centrally involved in boosting the number of samples analysed in laboratories from eight a day in February to 1,500 daily now.

At stages in the spring they almost ran out of reagents vital in determining whether a swab was positive.

Dr McCaughey said: “We were doing things in days that would normally take weeks, and in weeks that would normally take six months.

“It has been stressful and also really quite affirming that the system can actually do big things quickly, and bigger things faster, than any of us that work in the system have ever seen or thought possible.”

The consultant virologist at Belfast health trust, from Downpatrick in Co Down, was made an OBE for services to laboratory testing during the emergency.

He said: “I was in a busy work bubble and it came completely out of the blue to me and I am determined tomorrow to enjoy that a bit.”

He added: “I feel both proud and humbled and very conscious that there are so many people behind us, and in a way I am the man in the frame and really an example rather than the person that made this happen.”

His laboratory was flooded with fresh-faced and enthusiastic new graduate assistants as the crisis ramped up.

Dr McCaughey said: “This is completely unprecedented, to get something as all-encompassing, with such speed and such amount of change.”

The first tests on February 7 were carried out manually.

“Everything has changed so quickly at such a great pace and with a lot of complexity.”

He said a sample could go into five different work streams.

The last week in January and early February was a very intense time.

A lot of his work involved communicating with the other laboratories around the country and a veterinary facility which is also analysing tests.

He said many could never have envisaged a veterinary laboratory becoming involved before the pandemic.

He added: “We have had to spread our eggs in more than one basket so that we have got resilience.

“In the spring we were at the point of running out of reagents.

“There were times at very little notice when we were completely changing our methodology.”

A train driver who volunteered to work as a paramedic treating coronavirus patients during the initial crisis has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Jolene Miller, 42, left her role driving for Northern Rail and worked in triage at Darlington Memorial Hospital, assessing patients as they came in for treatment.

She had previously worked as a paramedic for about 13 years before becoming a train driver, and had kept her registration by working at events.

When the coronavirus crisis started in March she was ready to volunteer, after being given permission by the train company.

Mrs Miller, from Ingleby Barwick, Teesside, said: “Back in March services were being scaled down and I thought I cannot sit here and do nothing when I have skills that I could use elsewhere.”

She approached the HR department at Northern Rail and 10 minutes after asking if she could temporarily transfer back to her old role, she was given the green light.

She said: “They were absolutely unreal, I cannot praise them enough, they were so supportive.”

Mrs Miller, who works out of Darlington station and drives trains around the north east of England from Whitby to Newcastle, was swiftly sent to work in triage, assessing patients as they were taken to hospital.

Her role freed up paramedics to go out on their next job, and allowed nurses to carry on with their vital work in the hospital.

“On my first shift I was a bit nervous, nobody really knew what Covid-19 was like,” she said.

“Once that was over I was fine, everyone pulls together and there was enough PPE where I was.”

She felt safe enough at work and considered herself better protected there than when going to her local supermarket.

She worked for more than three months at Darlington Memorial Hospital before going back on the trains after the initial crisis eased.

Mrs Miller said she was prepared to do it again, if the train company allowed it and if the need arose.

She said: “They have things in place if we have a second wave so whether or not I would be needed again, I don’t know.

“Let’s hope not.”

She was nominated by Northern Rail, and was delighted to be honoured with a British Empire Medal.

Mrs Miller said she was proud of the honour, but remained well aware that friends were still working for the NHS, “day in, day out”.

She added: “I’m shocked that someone nominated me, it’s absolutely lovely.”

She thanked her husband Neil, who is also a train driver, saying: “He has really been supportive.

“Some people at work were saying they couldn’t believe he had let me do it, but he said ‘You try and tell her she cannot do something’.”

Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford has been made an MBE for services to vulnerable children in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list was due to be published in June, but was pushed back to enable nominations for people playing crucial roles during the first months of the crisis.

Rashford, 22, successfully lobbied the Government into a U-turn over its free school meals policy during lockdown, ensuring children in need would receive meals across the summer.

The England forward has since formed a child food poverty task force, linking up with some of the nation’s biggest supermarkets and food brands.

During September, Rashford received the Professional Footballers’ Association merit award for his efforts.

Speaking at the time, the United forward said: “What we’ve done so far it’s only a short-term answer.

“Me and my team behind me are just trying to find plans on how we can help these children for the rest of their childhood really, to find long-term answers to the problem.

“At the moment we don’t have the answers, but we’ll do our best to try to find them and to progress the situation that they are in at the moment the best we can.”

Brendan Foster has been awarded a knighthood for services to international and national sport and culture in north-east England.

The 72-year-old former athlete was European champion over 5,000 metres in 1974.

Foster, from Hebburn, South Tyneside, went on to win 10,000m bronze at the Montreal Olympics, Great Britain’s only track-and-field medal at the event, and secured gold at the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

Away from the track, Foster, who has also established himself as a commentator, founded the Great North Run.

In a statement to the PA news agency, Foster said: “It is a real privilege to receive this honour.

“Fifty years ago the Queen presented me with my first athletics medal at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to spend my whole life doing something that I’ve loved from childhood; participating, sharing my enthusiasm through broadcasting and for the last 40 years encouraging thousands to run for pleasure.

“The North East has always been my home and at the heart of what I do. The overwhelming public support for the Great North Run has made it the flagship event for the region, which is something I’m very proud of.

“I have to recognise with thanks the significant contribution of lots of others in the awarding of this honour.

“It really has been my privilege to work with all those individuals and organisations who’ve shared the journey.”

Rugby union coach Warren Gatland has been awarded a CBE for services to the sport in Wales.

The 57-year-old New Zealander stepped down after 12 years at the helm following the 2019 World Cup in Japan, where Wales were beaten by New Zealand in the bronze-medal match.

Under Gatland’s tenure, Wales won four Six Nations titles, three Grand Slams, reached the World Cup semi-finals twice and briefly topped the world rankings.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones has been made an OBE for services to rugby union.

Jones is on course to match and surpass the record of New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw for most Test appearances later this month, with a friendly against France ahead of the delayed Guiness Six Nations clash with Scotland.

The 35-year-old Ospreys lock has also won nine caps for the Lions as he prepares for a 139th Test match with Wales, which had originally looked set for March.

Jones said in a statement released to PA: “It is a huge honour to receive such an accolade.

“I was initially reluctant to receive such an award in these trying times when there are so many people doing so much good for the community and are more worthy, but I see this as an acknowledgement to all the people who have helped me throughout my career.”

Former Lions captain Gareth Thomas has been awarded a CBE for services to sport and health.

The Welshman came out as gay in 2009 and a decade later revealed he was HIV positive with undetectable status. The 46-year-old earlier this year launched the Tackle HIV campaign to improve public understanding of HIV and break the stigma around it.

Great Britain Winter Olympian Eve Muirhead has been awarded an MBE for services to curling.

The 30-year-old Scot led her team to Olympic bronze at Sochi 2014, but suffered a last-stone heartbreak when aiming to repeating the feat four years later in Pyeongchang.

Muirhead, a former junior and senior world champion, told PA: “Curling has been a huge part of my life and when I do finish curling I want to give back to the sport.

“I just feel like I want to give back to a sport that has given me so much throughout my career, including now the MBE.

“It shows I have been appreciated and I want to help as many people as possible achieve their own dreams in the sport.”

Former England cricketer Darren Gough has been made an MBE for services to the sport and charity while World Athletics’ executive director communications Jacqueline Anne Brock-Doyle receives a CBE.

Former Scottish Football Association president Alan McRae is awarded an OBE for services to grassroots and professional football, Table Tennis England chief executive Sara Jane Sutcliffe and retired Northern Irish World Cup referee Alan Snodd receive MBEs while Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace has been honoured with a British Empire Medal for services to football and the community in Hertfordshire.

Joe Wicks said being made an MBE is like nothing he could have imagined growing up and a “dream come true”.

The Body Coach started out as a fitness trainer when, sometimes, nobody would attend his bootcamps.

This year the 35-year-old claimed a Guinness World Record after one of his online fitness classes was watched by nearly a million people.

The fitness guru is being made an MBE for helping children keep active and mentally fit with his online PE lessons, which began during lockdown, and for his charity efforts.

His workouts raised £580,000 for the NHS.

Wicks told the PA news agency: “I can’t quite believe it … To receive this is just incredible.

“I’m so proud that I’ve done something which helps so many people.”

He thanked those who joined the workouts and made it a “special moment in my life”.

“To all the children, the parents, the dinner ladies, the school teachers, everybody who took part in any one of my workouts, thank you for being there,” he said.

“To get this … It’s something I couldn’t even imagine, I couldn’t even believe.

“I haven’t even told my mum and dad yet, so it’s a surprise for them and I hope they are going to be proud of me.”

And he added: “My childhood and how I grew up, if you met me as a little boy you’d have thought, he’s not going to go anywhere, he’s not going to do anything great.

“But I’ve turned it around and I really am proud I’ve become this person who’s helping people.”

Wicks has previously told how he got into exercise and fitness because of his father’s addiction to heroin, a man who was “in and out of my life”.

Now he has told PA: “I’m so determined to keep the conversation going around mental health and exercise and bringing your children into that environment where you exercise together.”

Wicks said of the possibility of going to Buckingham Palace: “My mum and dad would take me on a trip to London and I remember standing outside the gates looking in and always wondering what it’s really like inside.

“It would be amazing if I got the chance to go there and visit the Queen.

“I’m not sure what’s happening, obviously with the current situation (Covid-19), but it would be a dream come true.”

He said: “I haven’t celebrated yet because I’ve been waiting for it to come out.

“I’ll probably have a nice gin and tonic with my wife and (sit with our) kids in our kitchen, maybe have a nice sit-down meal together and celebrate and talk about it.”

Wicks, who struggled at first to get his business off the ground before uploading motivational clips on social media, said that PE With Joe is his “proudest achievement”.

But “the MBE is the icing on the cake”, said the father-of-two, whose young children and wife Rosie also appeared in his workouts.

“The impact I made on families and children’s mental health is what I’ll remember forever and I’m sure I’ll be talking about it in years to come.”

Wicks, who is also known for his espousal of healthy eating and his recipes, said that when PE With Joe finished “I had a really low point.

“I really felt quite flat.

“I had so much purpose and had this structured thing in my life that I was doing every day.

“I really loved it and loved being there for people.

“So when that finished I felt like, ‘What am I doing?

“I felt a bit confused, a bit lost.

“I want to get back on YouTube and keep doing the workouts, do some more live workouts as well.”

He said of his workouts: “I would have been there if there was one person or a million people.

“I loved it, when it finished I really did miss it.

“If you want me back, let me know!

“And if we go into another (national) lockdown I promise you I’ll be there every morning at 9am!”

He added: “Joe Wicks MBE, I just can’t believe it!

“It’s like a dream come true!”

Sir David Attenborough has been given a new honour from the Queen.

The beloved broadcaster, who was knighted in 1985, has been appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael And St George for services to television broadcasting and to conservation in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

It is the latest tribute for 94-year-old Sir David, who is perhaps the world’s best-known naturalist.

The indefatigable presenter began his career bringing the majesty of the natural world to millions of TV viewers and now delivers powerful warnings over what is at stake in the fight against climate change.

His impact on British culture is enormous. He was not only a pioneer of wildlife programmes but had a spell as controller of BBC Two and was responsible for introducing colour television into Britain.

He joined the corporation in 1952 and two years later launched the first of his famous Zoo Quest series.

Sir David has now been to every corner of the world while making documentaries. His recent series include Blue Planet II, Climate Change – The Facts, Dynasties, A Perfect Planet and Our Planet.

The latter saw Sir David working with US streaming giant Netflix.

Instead of retiring, Sir David has continued to work and his documentaries have become more outspoken on the subject of climate change.

In January, he warned that “the moment of crisis has come” and “life-or-death decisions” must be made to tackle the issue. There is no more time to “prevaricate,” Sir David said.

His appeal spans generations. Earlier this month he fielded questions from a host of celebrity fans, including 85-year-old Dame Judi Dench and the teenage pop sensation Billie Eilish.

This week Sir David was unveiled as a judge on the Duke of Cambridge’s Nobel-style environmental competition, the Earthshot Prize, which will recognise ideas and technologies that can safeguard the planet.

The Order of St Michael and St George recognises service in a foreign country, or in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs. The Grand Master is currently the Duke of Kent and the 125 Knights and Dames Grand Cross display their banners of arms in the Chapel of the Order at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

As the creator of Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks, Phil Redmond has been responsible for some of the most gritty and impactful shows on British television.

He has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and arts in the regions.

Born in Liverpool in 1949 as the son of a cleaner and a bus driver, he was educated at St Kevin’s RC School in Northwood, Kirkby, and later said he based his first ideas for Grange Hill on his time there.

The series about life in a London comprehensive school ran from 1978 to 2008 and made headlines for its gritty social realism, tackling issues such as racism, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, mental illness and HIV and Aids, and Redmond said he wanted to move away from the “Enid Blyton, middle-class drama” that the BBC had previously been showing.

Redmond, 71, also lent that realism to his soap Brookside, which ran from Channel 4’s launch night in 1982 until 2003.

The series broadcast the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss on British television between Beth Jordache (Anna Friel) and Margaret Clemence (Nicola Stephenson), and had the first openly gay character on a British TV series.

The soap was different to others because it was filmed in real, brand-new houses in a real cul-de-sac.

Redmond’s production company bought 13 houses, six of which would be seen on-screen as sets., with the rest used for administration, post-production, and canteen facilities.

In 1993, he was brought in to shake up the ITV soap Emmerdale and devised a storyline that involved a plane crashing into the sleepy rural village, killing and wounding many of the inhabitants and giving the show its highest-ever viewing figures of 18 million.

Redmond turned his attention back to youth drama with the launch of Hollyoaks in 1995, and the show’s gritty storylines are still going strong today.

The show has tackled a raft of issues including self-harm, eating disorders and male rape.

Redmond also created the daytime legal drama The Courtroom, which was cancelled after 38 episodes.

Two years after Brookside finished, he sold his independent production company Mersey Television, established in 1981 to produce his TV projects, to Lime Pictures.

An honorary professor of media at Liverpool John Moores University, he has since turned his hand to novel writing, releasing his debut effort Highbridge in 2016, and is the chair of the UK City of Culture Independent Advisory Panel.

He previously received a CBE in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to drama.

The civil servant who found himself running Northern Ireland in the midst of Stormont’s powersharing crisis has been knighted for services to government.

David Sterling, who recently retired as the head of the NI Civil Service, said he sees the “humbling” honour as recognition of the whole organisation’s work during the turbulent three-year impasse without elected ministers in office.

The married 62-year-old said he hopes the achievements of colleagues amid the Stormont stand-off, and subsequently through the coronavirus pandemic, has challenged the narrative that the Civil Service is “broken”.

Mr Sterling, who insists he will not be using the formal title Sir David, said he never imagined that he would find himself in charge of public services in Northern Ireland.

“We were determined throughout that period that we would keep the lights on, we would keep the show on the road,” he told the PA news agency.

“But we wanted as far as we could to do more than just keep things ticking over.”

The father of two, who was a civil servant for 42 years, added: “When I think back and look at the enormity of the challenge, it would have been overwhelming if I had known in early 2017 that it was going to last for over two and a half years.

“I think what made it easier to cope with was the fact that, certainly in the early days, the expectation was always that the executive was going to be back reasonably soon.”

That was not to prove the case as the political impasse between the DUP and Sinn Fein, which was triggered by a row over the botched renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme but soon widened to encompass other disputes, drifted on and on.

It finally ended in January, when Stormont’s five main parties signed up to the New Decade, New Approach deal to restore powersharing.

Mr Sterling said one of the overriding emotions that marked his period at the helm was loneliness.

“It was quite lonely because you didn’t really have anybody to turn to,” he said.

“I joked that I was the only public servant in these islands who actually didn’t have anybody to report to.

“Nobody was telling me what to do, I wasn’t answerable to anybody.

“And that was just an unusual position for a civil servant to find themselves in.”

The responsibilities also came with an unexpected public profile, as he found himself fronting press conferences and representing Northern Ireland at major events.

“I take the view generally that civil servants should be in the background working to support their ministers,” he said.

“And it should all be about delivering for the minister.

“But I certainly took the view, and indeed all my colleagues did, that in the absence of ministers we felt we had a public duty to be more visible and to be answerable for what we were doing.

“There were some humorous moments too.

“I remember going to my car one Saturday morning and a young postman walking up the driveway and saying ‘all right mate, still running the country?’”

Mr Sterling highlighted the effort to progress stalled legislation to compensate victims of historical institutional abuse as one of his proudest achievements in the ministerial vacuum.

“I think that was one of the most shameful things that occurred in the wake of the collapse of the institutions,” he said of the payment delay caused by the political implosion.

“I wasn’t prepared to just let the HIA report sit on the shelf until ministers came back into office.

“That was just one example of things that we felt we needed to progress going forward.”

Seeing the Open Championship played at Royal Portrush last year also represented a significant moment, as it marked the culmination of his involvement in a long-term strategy to deliver big events to drive tourism growth.

Mr Sterling acknowledges the perception that the Civil Service is not fit for purpose has been perpetuated by the RHI inquiry, a probe that saw his own role in the flawed green energy scheme heavily scrutinised.

“The RHI report highlighted some major failings in the Civil Service,” he said.

“I was involved in that and my role has been set out very clearly in the inquiry report.

“I have said I deeply regret that.

“But I think sometimes it’s used to sort of characterise the Civil Service as a broken organisation.

“If we were a broken organisation, we wouldn’t have responded to the pandemic in the way in which we did.”

Mr Sterling believes the enormity of the Covid-19 crisis has fast-tracked the development of working relations between the parties in the resurrected executive.

But he does not underestimate the challenges ahead.

“I would be worried about the combined impact of Brexit, Covid and the risk of further austerity on this place, because I think we’re less well equipped to cope with the combined impact of those things than maybe other regions on these islands,” he said.

“But I would be optimistic that our people and our politicians can and will work together to take us forward.”

The retired civil service boss said he is “very honoured” at becoming a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, but stressed that he has no intention of using his new title.

“I will still be David,” he said.

“It is a great honour but the idea of being Sir David sits slightly uncomfortably on my shoulders.

“So I’ll not be making a big deal of it.”

Billionaire brothers Zuber and Mohsin Issa have been handed royal honours a week after snapping up supermarket giant Asda in a £6.8 billion deal.

The Issa brothers are among a number of bosses made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, as they were hailed for services to business and charity for their work leading petrol forecourt operator EG Group.

The billionaires made their fortunes after successfully transforming their business from one rented petrol station into a network of almost 6,000 forecourts across 10 countries over the past 20 years.

Last week, the Blackburn-based pair revealed they will take the reins at Asda after winning a multibillion-pound auction to buy the UK grocery chain from Walmart.

On Friday, Asda confirmed the brothers and private equity backers TDR Capital agreed the takeover deal, committing to keep the Leeds quarters and vowing to invest more than £1 billion into the retailer over the next three years.

Elsewhere, GlaxoSmithKline boss Emma Walmsley is made a dame for services to the pharmaceutical industry and business after leading the UK’s biggest drugs manufacturer for the past three years.

As chief executive, Ms Walmsley has also been instrumental to the company’s involvement in international efforts to develop a vaccine.

Property tycoon Tony Gallagher has been given a knighthood in relation to his service to “land development and the property business”.

The founder of Gallagher Estates is a friend of former prime minister David Cameron and a major donor to the Conservative Party.

Fashion entrepreneur Paul Smith has also been recognised on the annual list, being named as a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour.

There are also honours for a raft of business leaders recognised for their achievements in the utilities sector.

Richard Flint, who recently retired as Yorkshire Water’s chief, Olivia Garfield, chief executive at Severn Trent, and Chris Jones, who stepped down as chief of Welsh Water last year, all become CBEs.

Sally Wainwright has said it feels “emotional” to receive an OBE following the success of her drama Gentleman Jack.

The screenwriter behind some of the most popular British dramas of the last decade has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to writing and television.

Among her acclaimed dramas are Happy Valley, Last Tango In Halifax, Scott & Bailey and Gentleman Jack, about Regency-era landowner Anne Lister, who is regarded as the “first modern lesbian”.

She told the PA news agency: “It’s not the kind of thing people in my family would ever normally expect to receive.

“I’m pleased that it’s come on the back on Gentleman Jack because I’ve been working on that for 20 years.

“It’s been the highlight of my career to be able to write about Anne Lister so I feel quite emotional, I didn’t expect that.

“So for it to come on the back of that has been really quite beautiful actually.”

She added: “It had good viewing figure and it had very good reviews and it went down well in America too (where it aired on HBO) but on top of that there was this thing called the Gentleman Jack effect (visitors to Anne Lister’s Yorkshire home trebled and many viewers from the LBGT community contacted stars Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle to say they felt represented in a way that had not before).

“When you write dramas you hope you touch people in lots of different ways, as well as entertaining them, but to have written something that so many people said ‘it’s changed my life’, to have written a TV show that has changed people’s lives, it’s just never happened before.

“Even with Happy Valley being really successful and Last Tango is very well loved, to have written something that has actually changed people’s lives…it’s kind of a unique project in so many ways because she was a unique person, a unique character and it’s like everything she does becomes special and complicated.

“I just feel very privileged and lucky that I was the person who was in the right place at the right time to be the one who ended up dramatising her life.”

The Yorkshire-born writer, 57, said she was been writing the second series of the BBC drama throughout lockdown, finally completing the final episode two weeks ago.

She said: “It’s taken me 13 months to write it.

“I think people do assume that (lockdown) was a great time to get your head down but I actually found it really difficult to concentrate, particularly in the early months.”

She added that production is due to start “very soon” and that she hopes the second series will air next year.

Wainwright continued: “I’m writing Happy Valley 3 now, that is the next thing on the list.

“I’ve only just started, I’m getting all the research together but we have got some good storylines in mind.”

Asked about the future of Last Tango In Halifax, she said: “It’s there, I thoroughly hope and intend to come back to it, it’s just finding space and time to do it.

“I’m not directing Gentleman Jack this time which I’m very sad about but I made that choice because I wanted to get on with Happy Valley 3 and I hope I will be directing that but we will see, it’s just very time consuming.

“All the time I’m directing I’m not writing so it’s a big decision.”

Rockers Tommy Steele and Jeff Lynne are among a number of figures from the music world named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Steele, 83, has been made a knight for services to entertainment and charity after a six-decade career.

The singer and actor rose to fame with ’50s hits like Singing The Blues, which cast him as the UK’s first teen idol, and earned comparisons with Elvis Presley.

Steele, born Thomas Hicks in Bermondsey, south-east London, has also appeared on Broadway and in the West End, and was made an OBE in 1980.

Singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Lynne has been made an OBE for services to music.

He is best known as co-founder and vocalist for the innovative rock band Electric Light Orchestra.

Lynne is often considered one of Birmingham’s greatest musical exports, alongside UB40, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.

He founded ELO in 1970 with Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan.

The band fused classical music and rock, producing songs such as Livin’ Thing, Mr Blue Sky, Telephone Line and Evil Woman.

He later co-founded the rock supergroup Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty.

Dizzee Rascal, 36, has been made an MBE for services to music.

The rapper, real name Dylan Mills, helped pioneer the grime genre with his Mercury Prize-winning 2003 debut album Boy In Da Corner.

He found commercial success more than a decade before grime, a style of rap originating in London, became mainstream with artists such as Stormzy and Dave.

Since then he has released six studio albums and scored five UK number one singles.

Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has received a CBE for services to music, charity and equal rights.

Armatrading, 69, was born on the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts but moved to Brookfields, then a district of Birmingham, aged seven.

A prolific recording artist, she has continued to release albums since her 1972 debut, Whatever’s For Us.

She is celebrated for her contralto voice and varied musical style, taking in folk, jazz, blues, soul and rock.

Lady Leshurr is awarded the British Empire Medal for services to music and charity.

The rapper, real name Melesha Katrina O’Garro, hails from Kingshurst, Solihull, and is best known for her Queen’s Speech series of freestyle performances.

The rap duo Krept and Konan, real names Casyo Johnson and Karl Wilson, are awarded the British Empire Medal for services to music and the community in Croydon.

In 2017 they launched the Positive Direction Foundation to offer an array of activities to young people, including workshops in music production, engineering and songwriting.

In 2019, they judged the first series of BBC Three’s The Rap Game UK.

TV theme composer Tony Hatch has been made an OBE for services to music and charity.

Hatch wrote the theme for the ITV soap Crossroads but is best known for his collaborations with Petula Clark, the most famous of which was 1964’s Downtown.

He married frequent collaborator Jackie Trent in 1967 after meeting at an audition.

Two Talk Talk engineers who played leading roles in getting the Nightingale hospitals and other healthcare settings connected to broadband during the pandemic have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Peter Harding and Andrew Miller have both been made an MBE for services to critical national infrastructure during the Covid-19 response.

They got key infrastructure connected to broadband despite unprecedented logistical challenges, including the Nightingale Hospitals in ExCel London, Harrogate and Exeter, 80 care homes, 80 GP surgeries, 200 schools and 250 food distribution and logistics providers, among others.

They managed to get the new sites connected in less than 72 hours, when normally these connections would take several weeks to install.

A 100-year-old man who raised thousands for Covid-19 relief while fasting during Ramadan has been made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dabirul Islam Choudhury raised more than £420,000 by walking 970 laps of his garden in Bow, east London, during the Islamic holy month, which fell between April 23 and May 23 this year.

This year’s honours list was postponed from June in order to include people, such as medical workers, fundraisers and volunteers, who have been instrumental in the fight against coronavirus.

Mr Choudhury said: “I feel proud they have honoured me for the efforts I have done.

“I thank everybody from the bottom of my heart.”

His son Atique Choudhury, 57, said: “Where we are from in Bangladesh, we don’t get much recognition for the work that we do, so this is for all the people who contributed towards my dad’s success and all the victims of Covid-19.

“He said his work hasn’t finished and he’s going to carry on working and raising money for people affected by Covid.

“We are very proud of my father for walking his garden and raising money for a great number of people, and getting recognised for the work he’s done is an honour.”

A supermarket worker who ensured that a care home could get vital supplies of food during the coronavirus pandemic has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

During the lockdown Julie Cook, 56, went above and beyond the call of duty to help the local community in Aberdare, South Wales where she works in the Asda store.

Ms Cook, who works as her store’s community champion, also gave up her spare time to support some of Aberdare’s most vulnerable.

A local care home could not get an online delivery slot and were struggling with the strict item limits in store.

Ms Cook took their shopping list each week and would have everything ready for care home staff to come and pay and collect.

She even helped them load the car.

She also helped support local hospitals by donating toiletries and Easter eggs to keep spirits up for staff.

The mother-of-three, who has worked at the store since it first opened 21 years ago, said: “I can’t believe it.

“An elderly gentleman had said he wanted to write to Asda so say thank you for helping him, so when I heard I’d got an award I assumed it was something from Asda for that.

“I had to read and re-read it to see this was an official honour from the Cabinet Office, as I never imagined I’d be honoured like this.

“I was just jumping up and down when I found out, as I was so excited. I still am.

“I love to chat, so keeping it secret has been so difficult.

“When I’m out sometime people say to me, ‘You’re the face of Asda in Aberdare’ and I go, ‘Don’t be silly’, but they say mine is the first face they see when they look for anything about the store.

“As I know so many people here they’ll often ask me first about things, how I can help in the community, whether something’s on special offer, of whether we’ve got some clothes they’re looking for in their size.”

A quizmaster who spent two years as a down and out on the streets of London will return to the capital to receive an MBE awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Jay Flynn’s online virtual pub quiz was intended as a small event to entertain his friends and regular quizzers using a webcam from his living room, after the lockdown shut pubs and bars across the nation.

He absent-mindedly left the Facebook event public and instead of the expected 30 or 40 players, it attracted interest from half a million people.

The weekly events, also streamed on YouTube, became a lockdown phenomenon, regularly bringing hundreds of thousands of people together during the socially-distanced weeks of isolation.

Mr Flynn’s efforts have also now raised three quarters of a million pounds for charities and, for efforts to the Covid-19 response, he has been awarded the MBE.

The 38-year-old, who lives in Darwen, Lancashire, with his wife, Sarah and son, Jack, aged three, said: “I nearly fell backwards off my chair. I thought, ‘This can’t be real.’

“I’m completely overwhelmed and honoured.

“It was not something I ever thought I would achieve. I never thought I would achieve anything in my life. I don’t think it will sink in until I go to the ceremony. I’m blown away.”

A St John Ambulance volunteer has said he wants his OBE to shine a light on the work of all his colleagues.

Adrian Petticrew, 53, from Banbridge, Co Down, has been involved with the charity since he was 10, carrying on from his father and grandfather.

But this year saw the biggest challenge yet, co-ordinating St John resources with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) through the pandemic.

He described being made an OBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list as one of a number recognised for their contribution as a shock.

“I was just performing the role I do within St John, a very very pleasant surprise,” he told the PA news agency.

Mr Petticrew is the regional NHS liaison officer for St John Ambulance.

A former chief scientific adviser for Scotland has encouraged women to enter science and engineering fields as she was made a dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Professor Muffy Calder, vice principal and head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow, has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

She was recognised by the Queen as a “tireless advocate for science and an inspirational role model for future generations of scientists and for women in science”.

Prof Calder, 62, was born in Canada but has lived most of her life in Scotland.

She received notification of her award by email in May, initially thinking it was meant for someone else.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she told the PA news agency. “I got out my camera and took a photograph. It was like, have I imagined this? I’m so surprised and so pleased, and also a little bit embarrassed as well.”

Maureen Lipman has enjoyed a varied career on stage and screen spanning more than 50 years.

The 74-year-old actress, who has been made a dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to charity, entertainment and the arts, has been a regular presence on TV since the 1960s.

Her lengthy CV includes everything from a comedy turn in a BT advert to a supporting role in an Oscar-winning drama.

Lipman was born in Hull in 1946 and described the city as a welcoming place to grow up for a Jewish family, saying there was no antisemitism.

An NHS nurse who founded and co-ordinated a national movement to make scrubs for frontline workers when supplies ran short during the coronavirus pandemic has been made an OBE.

Ashleigh Linsdell started For The Love of Scrubs when she and colleagues in the A&E department where she worked at the time were struggling with unsuitable personal protective equipment (PPE).

Disposable paper scrubs were prone to splitting and were often ill-fitting, she said, adding: “You can’t be a professional nurse giving the care that you require when you are so uncomfortable.”

She used her own money to buy fabric from wholesalers and make scrubs for colleagues, helped by her experience of running a small business making children’s clothes.

The, 30-year-old, of Cambridge, was encouraged to set up a Facebook page and things spiralled from there.

More than 70,000 volunteers helped make 1.2 million items of PPE for frontline workers, and a further million face coverings in addition.

People initially self-funded to sew scrubs, before a fundraising campaign raised more than £1 million to buy fabric to make PPE.

The operation was run from her home, with material cut there and sent to volunteers to make into scrubs and her husband George Linsdell liaising with hospitals.

Two months on, the movement had 148 sub-groups around the country to help organise local activity.

She studied at the London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art and one of her early big film appearances came in 1968 drama Up The Junction, playing a working class young woman who befriends Suzy Kendall’s wealthy heiress.

The role was typical of Lipman’s early career. “I generally played northern working class girls,” she said. “The girl who didn’t get the man, the best friend who made jokes and then didn’t get the man. The pattern was set.”

Lipman starred in hit ITV sitcom Agony from 1979 to 1981, playing an agony aunt who dished out advice to others while her personal life was a shambles.

A multimillionaire property developer who has donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Conservative Party has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Tony Gallagher, who is a friend of David Cameron, is honoured for “services to land development and the property business”.

The businessman is said to be part of the so-called “Chipping Norton set” centred around the Cotswolds village in the former prime minister’s old Oxfordshire constituency.

A juniors coach who gave Rory McIlroy his first break in golf aged seven has been honoured with a British Empire Medal.

Eddie Harper, from Belfast, admitted the future four-time major winner from Northern Ireland to Holywood Golf Club three years early after he promised to obey the rules and not cause any annoyance.

He interviewed McIlroy for early entry into the club when the normal admission age was 10.

Mr Harper recalled: “He assured me he knew all the rules of golf and would not annoy people.”

The club in the hills with spectacular views of Belfast Lough changed its rules to take him in.

Best known for playing Hercule Poirot in the long-running Agatha Christie detective series, David Suchet’s acting career has spanned 50 years.

He has received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to drama and charity after a distinguished history on stage and in television.

Born in London in 1946, he joined the National Youth Theatre at the age of 16 and later trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

His career began in the theatre at the Watermill in Bagnor, Berkshire, before he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1973.

His first television role came in 1970 in The Mating Machine and in 1980, he played Edward Teller, later developer of the US H-bomb, in a mini-series about the US Manhattan Project, Oppenheimer.

He portrayed Sigmund Freud in the BBC mini-series Freud in 1984 before he first appeared as moustachioed detective Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Poirot on ITV in 1989 and received international acclaim, reprising the role over 70 episodes until 2013.

His interpretation of the Belgian super-sleuth is considered by many to be the definitive one and in his book, Poirot And Me, he mentions that Sir Peter Ustinov (who also famously played Poirot) once told him that he would be good at taking on the role.

An NHS worker who helped train nurses in delivering oxygen and managing deteriorating patients during Covid-19 care has been honoured.

Caroline Lee was made an MBE for her services to health care.

She said the pandemic effort was a collective one by all her colleagues.

“I am humbled actually.

“With anything in health it is never one person, for this it is not one person, it is the whole team.

“I often say to them, I may be the head of the organisation but the head is no good without the body, arms and legs to do the delivery.

“That body, hands, arms, legs and feet did incredibly well.

“We worked as one to be as responsive and agile as we possibly could.

“They were right behind me in everything that I said we would do.”

She is based at Knockbracken health care park in south Belfast and is head of the clinical education centre for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

A supermarket delivery driver who used his own car on his days off to make sure elderly and vulnerable customers got their shopping during lockdown has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

Geoff Norris, 53, who has worked for five years at Asda in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, was honoured for his services to the Covid-19 response.

“I was shocked as hell to be honest,” he said. “I was absolutely gobsmacked.”

He continued: “As Covid hit and just before it started to lock down, you noticed all the delivery slots were being booked, everything was taken, so we were delivering to regular customers and on the last week or so before they were saying ‘we can’t get any slots’.

“I turned round and said ‘look, I’ll see what I can do, just keep your eye open’.”

He rallied “four or five” driver colleagues to volunteer their own time to pick shopping, go through the tills and deliver it in their own vehicles on a Sunday.

He took orders by email and phone with the help of his wife Vanessa and 22-year-old daughter Anna, or if customers contacted the store directly colleagues passed on the order to him.

They posted about what they were doing on a local Facebook group and were contacted by some people who lived many miles away but were calling, panicked about how to get food for vulnerable parents who had no internet.

“I think we managed to do it for about 15 weeks,” said Mr Norris. “Don’t get me wrong, it was hard but it was very rewarding seeing the gratitude you got from people that didn’t think they could get anything.”

Former Wales rugby union coach Warren Gatland has been awarded a CBE for services to the sport, while captain Alun Wyn Jones receives an OBE.

The 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list was due to be published in June, but was pushed back to enable nominations for people playing crucial roles during the first months of the coronavirus crisis.

New Zealander Gatland, 57, stepped down after 12 years in charge of Wales following the 2019 World Cup in Japan, where his side lost against New Zealand in the bronze-medal match.

During his time at the helm, Wales delivered four Six Nations titles and three Grand Slams as well as reaching the World Cup semi-finals twice. Also, they briefly found themselves ranked number one in the world.

Gatland, already appointed an OBE in 2014, is set to take charge of next summer’s British and Irish Lions planned tour to South Africa.

Mr Motivator says he feels “blessed” to have been an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

The fitness instructor, 67, whose real name is Derrick Evans, has been awarded the honour for services to health and fitness after creating online home exercises during the lockdown.

He also hosted a week-long workout with actress Linda Lusardi to raise money for Age UK’s Emergency Coronavirus Appeal.

He told the PA news agency the lockdown “opened up a brand new platform for me”.

Mr Motivator, who was previously a staple of breakfast television – leading workouts on GMTV, returned to television screens amid the pandemic on BBC One programme HealthCheck UK Live.

A runner whose lockdown 5k challenge raised more than £5 million for NHS charities has been honoured by the Queen.

Olivia Strong, from Edinburgh, created the Run for Heroes 5km Challenge which inspired a million people to run five kilometres, donate £5 and nominate five friends to do the same.

Her idea, which she initially hoped would raise £5,000, went viral on Instagram with participants from more than 20 countries taking part – including Olympian Sir Mo Farah, singer Ellie Goulding, comedian Jimmy Carr and football coach John Terry.

The 27-year-old has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to fundraising during the pandemic.

Eve Muirhead has admitted the news of her MBE for services to curling helped ease the bitter memories of narrowly missing out on a second Olympic medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018.

The 30-year-old, a former junior and senior world champion who skipped her team to Olympic bronze in Sochi in 2014, agonisingly missed out on repeating the feat four years later when she sent down an errant final stone against Japan.

But having worked hard to shrug off that disappointment, and also the effects of a hip operation which briefly threatened her future in the sport, Muirhead says the recognition will spur her on towards what she is convinced will be another shot at Olympic glory.

Muirhead told the PA news agency: “Being a skip comes with a lot of pressure and it’s been tough since I missed that shot for a medal in Pyeongchang, so to get something like this at this point in my career feels like a nice cherry on the top.

“I’ve been curling for the majority of my life and I’ve put a lot of time and effort into getting where I am today in the sport, so although I’m very modest about these things it is definitely very nice to be recognised.

“If I go to Beijing (in 2022) it will be my fourth Olympics and I do feel like there is a moment that is waiting to come. I’ve had a great few years with Team Muirhead winning world and European titles, and I believe that we’ve continued to get better.”

She said it was “really special” to be given the honour, and added it is for all 1.5 million people inspired to take part in the challenge and her family and friends who helped set up the campaign.

A nurse who helped dying coronavirus patients speak with their families for the last time has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Alison Williams, 41, a research nurse at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, set up her Rainbow Boxes charity at the height of the pandemic after noticing patients on the wards had few personal belongings.

She raised tens of thousands of pounds through social media to provide essentials to people who found themselves suddenly in hospital with Covid-19.

Along with a colleague and a few friends, she began distributing coloured Rainbow Boxes which include toiletries, pyjamas, phone chargers and other items to make the patients more comfortable.

The boxes are now found in 60 wards across 10 hospital sites.

Ms Williams, from Edinburgh, also used the funds to buy iPads to allow isolated patients to contact their loved ones when tight coronavirus restrictions prevented them from visiting.

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