More than a thousand people have been given awards in the New Year Honours List - including many from the East Midlands.
The recipients include a GP from Loughborough and an archaeologist who led the team that found the remains of King Richard the Third under a car park in Leicester. Rajiv Popat reports.
Karren Brady, the former managing director of Birmingham City Football Club, has been awarded a CBE for services to entrepreneurship and women in business.
The entrepreneur still lives near Solihull despite now being the vice chair at West Ham United. She says she's proud to accept the honour in the New Year's Honours list.
TV and radio personality Nicholas Parsons said he was "flattered and delighted" to be awarded a CBE for his charitable work.
The 90-year-old, who's originally from Grantham, and who has clocked up numerous acting and comedy roles throughout his career, is still best known for his years as question master of TV quiz Sale Of The Century and for his role as creator and host of Radio 4's Just A Minute. He said:
"I think it's a very nice honour - I'm flattered and I'm delighted. I think honours are a wonderful thing to receive if you have worked hard and that is recognised. I don't understand these people who are pompous and say they don't want it."
Parsons previously received an OBE for services to drama and broadcasting a decade ago.
Helene Donnelly is being made an OBE in the New Year Honours list for her work to expose failings at Stafford Hospital.
She worked in the A&E department in the hospital and raised many complaints about the treatment of patients. She became a whistleblower and was an important witness to the inquiry in to Stafford Hospital.
Birmingham's Ann Jones has been awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours for her service to tennis since winning Wimbledon in 1969.
NHS campaigner Julie Bailey has dedicated her CBE to her late mother - whose death promoted a campaign to expose the neglect of patients at Stafford Hospital.
Ms Bailey founded the campaign group Cure The NHS after being appalled by the care she witnessed her mother receive at the hospital.
Ms Bailey has been awarded a CBE for her services to the care of older people in the New Year Honours List.
She said: "I am deeply honoured to receive this award as an important acknowledgement of our struggle for a better NHS. I am certain that my mum would be extremely proud of me and it is to her I dedicate not only this award but also our continuing struggle for a safer health service."
Olympic medallist-turned-Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smith described his MBE as "without a doubt the proudest moment of my life".
The Peterborough gymnast was a member of Britain's surprise bronze medal success in the men's team competition at the London 2012 Olympics.
He also won silver on the pommel horse with one of the hardest routines in the world.
"To receive this honour is out of this world and something I never would have dreamt of as I grew up in the sport of gymnastics," said Smith, 23.
Dave Brailsford has said that he sees his knighthood as a group, not an individual accolade.