Ed Sheeran awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours List

Calvin Saunders
June 19, 2017

Sir Paul McCartney and JK Rowling, both who have received honours in the past, have been upgraded with a Companion of Honour.

The 34-year-old, who is now touring New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions, dedicated his honour to the hundreds of people he believes have helped him carve out a distinguished global rugby career.

A local lady who has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of drug addition, helping thousands of families has been awarded an MBE as part of The Queen's Birthday Honours.

To read the full Birthday Honours list of 2017, head to the Gov.UK website.

"I do what I love and I love what I do, so I feel very lucky to have been given this honour", she said.

Emeli receives her MBE for services to music, having kicked off her career featuring on Chipmunk's track Diamond Rings back in 2009. Comedian Billy Connolly was given a knighthood and actress Julie Walters was made a dame.

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she and her colleagues were "immensely proud" of Pc Palmer's bravery.

The principal of Belmont Nursery School in Londonderry, Jennifer Marshall, was also awarded an MBE for services to education.

They are joined by David Walliams - for his charity work - Hodge, and Lancashire in getting OBEs. However, the 'Mamma Mia!' star is not the only celebrity to receive an honour, as June Whitfield has also been named a Dame, and she has hailed the special moment as the "icing on the cake of life". Mrs McCarthy has worked for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) for 25 years, including five years as Director for Operational Policy and Performance.

Tejinder Kumar Sharma, for services to Hindi Literature and to Community Cohesion in London; Dr Shobba Srivastava, for voluntary service to community cohesion in North East England; and Deepak Verma, for services to the arts, also receive an MBE.

The Pewsey man was also honoured for his time as a Magistrate and he later became Chairman of the Bench.

Half of this year's honorees are women, while 10% are from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

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