Spice Girl and designer Victoria Beckham was awarded an OBE
(Officer of the Order of the British Empire) while other fashion
notables included Anna Wintour editor-in-chief of "American
Vogue" and accessories designer, Anya Hindmarch.
The biannual honors list is released on the Queen's official
birthday in June and at the end of each year.
It celebrates those who have made significant contributions to
British life as well as providing public recognition for
exceptional achievements or service.
Many British sporting stars of the 2016 Rio Olympics and
Paralympics were recognized including damehoods for athlete
Jessica Ennis-Hill who retired after the games and rower
Katherine Grainger, the first female Olympian to win five medals
at five games.
Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in under four
minutes in 1954 was made a Companion of Honour, one of the
Queen's highest awards.
David Adjaye received a knight bachelor award. His most recent
project was the Smithsonian National Museum of African American
History and Culture in Washington D.C. while Turner
Prize-winning painter Chris Ofili received a CBE (Commander of
the Order of the British Empire).
A host of diplomats and ambassadors were also recognized for
their exceptional services to Britain overseas.
Not all the recipients were household names, 74 percent of
people were recognized for carrying out outstanding works in
their local communities, while just over half the recipients
were women. The Queen honored 1,197 people in total.
Entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of "Social Bite" a
sandwich shop that supports the homeless and whose customers
have included George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio, was awarded
an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).
One of the oldest recipients was 94-year-old Janet Gillespie who
received a British Empire Medal for her charitable service,
voluntarily selling commemorative poppies for over 60 years.
(Editing by Stephen Addison)
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