State & Ceremonial

Alfie Boe, Griff Rhys Jones & Olivia Colman among those named in The Queen’s Birthday Honours



Alfie Boe, Griff Rhys Jones and Bear Grylls are among the names who are being recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019.

In a honours list which is dominated by ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities, there are relatively few famous faces receiving awards this year.

Alfie Boe is one such name who receives an OBE for services to music and charity.

Mr Boe is not only recognised for his outstanding contribution to music, but also for his voluntary work as a genuine and committed supporter of many charities in the UK.

Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman receives a CBE for services to drama.

Ms Colman said: “I’m totally thrilled, delighted and humbled to be in the company of these incredible people, most of whom have been nowhere near as visible as I have, but should be – and hopefully now will be.”

Welsh comedian, actor and television presenter Griff Rhys Jones is also awarded an OBE for services to the National Civic Society Movement, charity and entertainment.

Mr Rhys Jones is President of Civic Voice – a national charity for the civic movement which aims to promote local communities.

Another recipient of an OBE is adventurer and television presenter Bear Grylls who is also Chief Scout. He is being honoured for services to young people, the media and charity.

There are two new Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath named in this year’s list.

Stephen Lovegrove, the Permanent Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Defence is appointed to the order for public service; as is the Director General of MI5, Andrew Parker.

There are plenty of people in the world of politics being recognised in the 2019 Birthday Honours.

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb is to be knighted for public and political service.

Also being knighted is Labour MP George Howarth who has been the Member of Parliament for Knowsley since 1986.

Becoming a Dame is Conservative politician Jacqueline Foster who was a Member of the European Parliament until the elections last month.

Derek Vaughan, who was also recently a Labour MEP, has been awarded a CBE.

Also being made a CBE in the 2019 honours list is author Lee Child for services to literature.

Laura Lee, the Chief Executive of Maggie’s – a charity which offers support to people with cancer and their families, has been made a Dame for services to cancer patients.

English songwriter, record producer and author Mitch Murray has been awarded a CBE for services to music.

Social activist Nimco Ali has been awarded an OBE for services to tackling female genital mutilation and gender inequality.

In the world of sport, the captain of the England Women’s Netball Team, Ama Agbeze, has been awarded an MBE for services to netball.