Geoffrey Hopkinson from Walton-on-the-Hill near Stafford has become the first person to receive a Queen's Birthday Honour for Beekeeping.
The 84-year-old said he first developed a love of beekeeping in 1948 when he helped his cousin move some bees while on leave from the Army.
The artistic director of the RSC is among many from the Midlands who have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Queen's Birthday Honours in Worcestershire
Queen's Birthday Honours in Birmingham and the Black Country