The New Year Honours lists for 2019 have been announced. Published in the Crown, The Gazette, the lists recognize and acknowledge contributions of people across the United Kingdom.
People from different spheres of life, including the commoners, are awarded honours for their outstanding contribution to their country. Honours are handed out twice a year – once at New Year’s and again to mark the Queen’s birthday.
As reported by BBC,
“Overall, 1,148 people are on the main honours list. Some 70% of recipients are recognised for work in their community and 47% of the total are women. The Foreign Office has announced an additional 93 honours, and there are separate lists covering the gallantry awards and for service personnel in the military.”
Jim Carter, who garnered attention from his role on Downton Abbey, is one of the recipients. He has been bestowed the honour of Officer of the Order of British Empire for his services in drama. As shared by Evening Standard, Carter was delighted to receive the news,
“I’m honoured,” he said. “I’m particularly delighted this honour came in time to share with my mum, Molly, who is 99 and she was thrilled, she lit up at the news, so that was very good.”
Thandie Newton, Michael Palin, and Chris Packham have been awarded with OBE, Knighthood, and CBE respectively. Pink Floyd’s drummer Nick Mason and Christopher Nolan too have been recognised for their services.
Check out the complete list of recipients on BBC.
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