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New Year’s Honours List Details

The 2012/13 New Year honours list has been revealed by . It features many knighthoods and even some higher honours for many of those involved in this year’s London Olympic Games.

It’s almost good luck that we wrote our article on the Orders Of Chivalry in the UK yesterday as now, for those of you that don’t understand the ranks and orders can find out about them. Click here to see that article.

This year’s honours list includes two GBEs which are to be handed out! They are so rare and such a high honour that this will make only 17 in total that have been handed out in the last 20 years.

Knighthoods are in order for Olympic personalities such as Bradley Wiggins, Ben Ainslie and a Damehood for Sarah Storey. They were all admitted to the Order Of The British Empire.

Margaret Beckett, a UK Politician is to become a Dame for services to politics and Cheri Blair, ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s wife, is to receive a CBE for Charity work!

On the more surprising side of things, Kate Bush has been given a CBE for services to music. Adrian Lester has been given an OBE for services to drama and Stella McCartney has been given an OBE for services to fashion.

Those who have received honours in the New Year’s Honours List will have their honours given to them by Her Majesty or another member of the Royal Family at some point during the year, however they can use their new post-nominal and titles immediately.

As well as the routine Order Of The British Empire awards, there were also some other orders to which people were made members of. This included Lord Coe, chairman of the Olympic Committee, who was made a Companion Of Honour for services to the Olympic Games, and Peter Higgs who was also made a Companion Of Honour.

The honour of The Order Of The Companion Of Honour was instituted by King George V in 1917 to reward services to the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry, or religion.

To read the honours lists in full, click here.

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