Singer Shirley Bassey and director Ridley Scott (both 86) are among Britons to receive honorary degrees at the end of the year for their dedication. It has been announced that Bassey (“Goldfinger”) will be honored as a companion for his contributions to music. The order had a maximum of 65 members, and he now has 64.
“My heart is full of emotion and I'm really humbled,” the Cardiff-born singer told British news agency PA. Director Scott (“Napoleon,” “Gladiator”) was awarded the Knight Grand Cross, the highest order of merit. Felicity Dahl, widow of children's book author Roald Dahl, was also made a woman.
1227 people were honoured
The British religious system is different. The best known is the knighthood, which is elevated to the rank of Sir or Dame. Below are the orders of CBE, OBE and MBE. The titles of Commander, Officer and Member of the British Empire are complete. In most cases they are provided by the British Government, but all citizens are allowed to make recommendations.
This year, a total of 1,227 people will be honored in the traditional “New Year's Honours”. These include England international footballers Millie Bright (OBE), Mary Earps and Lauren Hemp (both MBE). Glastonbury music festival founder Michael Eavis will receive a knighthood, as will Tim Martin, a Brexit supporter and boss of the Wetherspoon pub chain. Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and her mother receive an MBE for their work with brain injury charities.
Majority of the honorees are ordinary citizens. Senior Jill Gladwell, 97, receives an MBE for her volunteer work with veterans' charity the Royal British Legion. The youngest recipient is nine-year-old Tony Hudgell, who will also receive a British Empire Medal for his community service.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will be awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) and will now be known as Sir Justin. He attended the coronation of King Charles III in May. and his wife Queen Camilla. RVO Honors are the King's personal recognition of people who have rendered outstanding service to the Royal Family.
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