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Terminally ill Frank Field made a Companion Of Honour by The Queen

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Terminally ill Lord Frank Field becomes is made a Companion of Honour by The Queen

Lord Frank Field, who recently revealed that he is dying, has been appointed as a Member of the Companion of Honour by The Queen.

Lord Field, who was Member of Parliament for Birkenhead from 1979 until 2019, is just one of 61 Companions of Honour.

The 79-year-old joins the likes of Sir David Attenborough, Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Judi Dench to be offered the special distinction.

In October 2021, speaking in favour of Assisted Dying, Lord Field informed the House of Lords that he had spent time in a hospice and was dying himself.

Also being appointed as a Companion of Honour in the 2022 New Year Honours is Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Sir Paul Nurse.

Sir Paul has been recognised with the honour for his outstanding contribution to scientific research and understanding.

The prestigious Companion of Honour is restricted to only 65 people at any one time.

The youngest Companion of Honour is former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, who was awarded a CH following David Cameron’s resignation as Prime Minister.

The oldest member is scientist and environmentalist James Lovelock who is aged 102.

Since 1917, there have been 373 recipients. This includes three honorary companions from outside the Commonwealth.