The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017: Ed Sheeran, JK Rowling, David Walliams and more awarded!

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The Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2017 has been revealed and there are some huge names on the list.

A fantastic total of 1,109 people have received an award this year in The Queen’s Birthday Honours including some huge names in entertainment, science, charity and more.

JK Rowling OBE has become a Companion of Honour for services to literature and philanthropy – Her books have become the best-selling book series in history, and she’s a mega charitable celeb.

Sir Paul McCartney becomes a Companion of Honour.

Billy Connolly CBE is knighted for services to charity and entertainment.

Ed Sheeran is made MBE for services to music and charity – 26 year old singer and songwriter is a very well known charitable celeb and hosts a selection of fundraising concerts yearly.

Bernard Kenny receives the George Medal for trying to stop MP Jo Cox’s killer, a year on from the murder – Berndard tried to stop Thomas Mair attacking MP Jo Cox outside her constituency surgery in Yorkshire.

Julie Walters CBE is given a damehood for services to drama – She is one of Britain’s best-loved telly actress and she’s a Patron of Women’s Aid and of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

David Walliams is made OBE for services to charity and the arts – Britain’s Got Talent Judge David has done so many things for charity, such as: Swimming the English Channel for Sport Relief, swimming the Strait of Gibraltar and swimming the Thames.

Emeli Sande is made an MBE for services to music.

Judy Murray is awarded an OBE for services to tennis, women’s sport and charity.

Gloria Hunniford is made OBE for services to cancer charities.

In total 1,109 people have received an award:

  • 962 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level (303 at BEM, 438 at MBE and 221 at OBE)
  • 74% of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity
  • There are 554 successful women candidates in the list, representing 50% of the total
  • 10% of the successful candidates come from a BAME background, the greatest ever number of BAME recipients in an Honours list
  • 6.5% of the successful candidates consider themselves to have a disability (under the Equality Act 2010)
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