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Adele leads Queen’s Birthday Honours

Singer Adele has been appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Adele will be among the stars being honoured by The Queen

The ‘Someone Like You’ singer leads this year’s birthday honours topping off an astonishing year for Adele, who has had the world’s best selling album, won an Oscar and gave birth to her first child.

The singer has only released two albums since her rise to fame – 19 and 21, both albums went on to become worldwide hits breaking records around the world.

Joining Adele in the Birthday honours are Clare Balding, Rob Brydon and Jackie Collins.

Clare Balding, who has become everyone’s favourite sports presenter, has been appointed an OBE for services to broadcasting and journalism. Clare, received universal praise for her reporting on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Joan Collin’s sister author Jackie Collins also receives an OBE along with comedian Rob Brydon.

In the latest Birthday Honours, the Queen has recognised 1,180 people, with 72 percent being ‘local heroes’ engaged in community work such as charitable or voluntary.

Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson becomes CBE in the 2013 Birthday honours.

Tony Robinson, who played Baldrick on Blackadder, has been honoured with a knighthood. He expressed his excitement at the honour revealing he was “thrilled, flattered and a little gob-smacked”.

“I also pledge that from this day on I’ll slaughter all unruly dragons, and rescue any damsels in distress who request my help,” Sir Tony added.

From the 1,180 people on the honours list, 47% were women while 6% were from ethnic minorities.

The lucky appointees will now visit Buckingham palace to receive their honours.

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