The medical chiefs leading the UK’s fight against coronavirus have been added to the New Year Honors List while the Queen has knighted former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The longest serving Labor prime minister said it was an “immense honor” to be named Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the oldest and most senior British order for which the Queen had given an appointment from the government without advice .
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England’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Professor Chris Whitty, the Assistant CMO, Jonathan Van-Tam, and the CMOs of Wales and Scotland, Frank Atherton and Dr. Gregor Smith, were knighted.
The head of the British Health Security Agency, Dr. Jenny Harries, and Dr. June Raine, chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), left after a year of threat of new varieties and more than 130 million vaccinations.
Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government, Sir Patrick Vallance, who was originally knighted on the 2019 New Years Honor List, is promoted to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.
Team GB Olympians and Paralympians who won gold in Tokyo are among the names, including cyclists Jason and Laura Kenny, who are considered the first couple to be recognized on the same honor roll.
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And teen tennis sensation Emma Raducanu added another title after winning the US Open in September as she can now say she is a member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
The Cabinet Office said nearly one in five (19%) honors are for services related to Covid.
Scientists have played a key role in providing year-round briefings to the public in response to Covid-19 and are recognized for their contributions to public health and science.
Appreciating his colleagues for their work during the pandemic, Sir Chris said, “The entire NHS, the broader public health service and scientists have worked tirelessly to serve their patients and the public during this ongoing pandemic.
“Almost all individual honors are recognition of exceptional work by large numbers of people on teams, and mine certainly is. I would like to thank all of my colleagues at UCLH for the remarkable work they are doing. “
Sir Jonathan said he was “deeply humiliated” by his honor, adding that serving the UK public during the pandemic had been “the greatest privilege of my professional career”.
He praised the “commitment, advice and wisdom” of his colleagues and thanked his family for their support.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Jonathan Van Tam
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Sir Patrick said, “I am delighted that so many outstanding scientists and engineers have been recognized in this year’s honors, including those who have worked tirelessly in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
And MHRA chief Dame June said, “I am immensely honored to be recognized for the significant contribution MHRA has made to the nation’s response to Covid-19 over the past two years.
“This is thanks to the dedication and dedication of all of our talented people who work so tirelessly to ensure that vaccines, therapeutics and medical devices are safe and effective for people across the UK.”
In a separate announcement, Buckingham Palace said Labor colleague Baroness Amos became the first black to be called to the Order of the Garter, while the Duchess of Cornwall was also made other high-ranking royals.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “Her Majesty the Queen has been delighted to appoint Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, GCVO, Queen of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.
“In addition, the Queen is pleased to name the Honorable Valerie Ann, Baroness Amos CH as Lady Companion and the Honorable Anthony Charles Lynton Blair as Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.”
The newly appointed Sir Tony said he was “deeply grateful” to the Queen, adding, “It has been a great privilege to serve as Prime Minister and I want to thank everyone who has been by my side in politics, public service and everything have served others. “Share our society for their commitment and commitment to our country.”
Elsewhere in politics, former Labor MP Frank Field, now a crossbench peer, has been named a member of the Order of Companions of Honor for his public and political services.
Lord Field of Birkenhead, 79, told PA News Agency, “I am very honored to receive this recognition, it is a great privilege given the honor itself and what it represents.
“After the work I’ve done, it’s a nice thought to end this year.”
On the list, 15.1% of ethnic minority recipients are on the list, up slightly from June, but only 35.9% of recipients at the CBE level and above are women.
It is dominated by athletic figures from the pool to the velodrome, but none of the English Euro 2020 finalists have been included with the exception of assistant coach Steve Holland.
Raducanu, who was voted Sports Personality of the Year by the BBC, will be named MBE after a fairy tale 2021 in which the 19-year-old stormed to victory at the US Open in New York in September.
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She was the first female qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam tennis tournament, and was also the first British woman to win a Grand Slam and win the award without losing a set since Virginia Wade in 1977.
UK Number One said: “It makes me incredibly proud and grateful to be listed to receive an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen. This year has been full of amazing surprises for me, so it is very special to end 2021 on this date. “
Jason Kenny’s heroics in Tokyo made him the most decorated Olympian in Great Britain and he now has a knighthood with his seven gold medals, while his wife Laura has become the most successful British sportswoman in Olympic history.
Diver Tom Daley, who won gold in the 10m Synchro, becomes an OBE, while his partner Matty Lee becomes an MBE.
Strictly Come Dancing star Adam Peaty becomes an OBE and there’s an MBE for Tom Dean after both swimmers win Olympic gold.
Seven-time Paralympics winner Hannah Cockroft, named OBE after winning two gold medals in wheelchair races, urged more disabled children to do sports in school.
In the entertainment sector, Daniel Craig received a special diplomatic honor following his last appearance as James Bond in No Time To Die.
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The outgoing 007 becomes a companion of the Order of St Michael and St George – referred to as the CMG and also bestowed on the fictional spy in the Ian Fleming film series and books.
Actresses Joanna Lumley and Vanessa Redgrave become ladies while James Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli is named CBE.
Lumley, honored for his services to acting, entertainment and the arts, said: “I am amazed and thrilled and indescribably touched to receive this colossal honor.
“It comes as a complete and unexpected surprise and is the nicest and nicest gift you can imagine.”
Diversity member Ashley Banjo and former Spice Girl Mel B are both set to become MBE.
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Comedian Adam Hills, also to be named an MBE, told PA news agency, “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this honor. I already googled “Honored Australian Comedians”, “When can I start writing MBE by my name?” and ‘Are Australians even eligible for an MBE?’
“It turns out the answers are ‘Barry Humphries and Clive James,’ if you get the medal ‘and’ yes’.
“Honestly, it’s a pretty big deal for a boy from the southern suburbs of Sydney.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “These recipients have inspired and entertained us and given so much to their communities in the UK and in many cases around the world.
“The honor is an opportunity for us to thank you as a country for your commitment and your outstanding contribution.”