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JK Rowling and Ed Sheeran named in the Queen's Birthday Honours

JK Rowling and Ed Sheeran named in the Queen's Birthday Honours

Pop sensation Ed Sheeran is now a Member of British Empire (MBE).

One of the strengths of the honours system is its recognition also of the contribution of people from every walk of life, including business, education, healthcare, and religion.

Actresses Julie Walters and June Whitfield have been made dames.

The 100-year-old from Bassaleg was recognised with the BEM for voluntary service to ex-service personal and their families and is "excited" about the recognition.

This year's Queen's birthday honours list has been announced, with honours for author JK Rowling and director Declan Donnellan.

Andy Murray's mum, Judy Murray will also take away an OBE.

I don't mind who it is, I will just be very pleased to go there because I've never been to the Palace and it will be a lovely experience, I'm sure.




Among those to receive an MBE are Pastor Jack McKee of New Life City Church in Belfast, who is being honoured for his services to the community in the Shankill and Falls area as well as a former Irish swimming global and retired special school teacher from Moira.

"It is an honour that could not be more deserved and I know it will mean a great deal to all those who knew and loved him".

John Conteh, the Liverpool light-heavyweight who held the WBC light-heavyweight title between 1974 and 1978, is awarded an MBE for his services to the sport.

Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, who is based in the United States but has an address in Arlington, has been knighted for his services to entertainment and charity. Ed is receiving this honor for his services to both charity and to music.

Alongside well-known names, many people in the world of business, health and long-time campaigners are also honoured.

Interestingly, this list was on of the most diverse thus far with half of this year's honourees being 10%, and 10% from black or minority ethnic backgrounds.


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