Singer Shirley Bassey, England goalkeeper Mary Earps, Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis, and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke are among the notable figures recognized in the New Year Honours list. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby leads honorees for their contributions to the coronation of King Charles III.
Bassey, renowned for Bond songs like Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever, is appointed a Companion of Honour, a top honor, for her contributions to music. Expressing her gratitude, she said, “My heart is full of emotion, and I am truly humbled.”
Nine-year-old Tony Hudgell is the youngest person to receive a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours List 2024.
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Jilly Cooper, the romance author, is granted a damehood for her contributions to literature and charity. Welby receives a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) for his personal service during King Charles III’s coronation at Westminster Abbey in May. Awards of the RVO are given by the monarch, independently of Downing Street, to individuals who have served the crown or royal family personally.
Rishi Sunak, expressing his admiration for Cooper’s novels earlier this year, revealed his favorites, including Riders, Rivals, Polo, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, and Appassionata. Cooper, upon receiving her damehood, exclaimed, “I am absolutely and incredibly bowled over. I cannot believe I am a DBE, which in my case also stands for Delighted, Bewildered, and Ecstatic.”