Olympian jumps for joy after palace award - but find out why a knighthood could be a 'step down' for illustrator Quentin Blake.
Campaigning mother whose daughter was murdered given award
2013 New Year Honours see cyclist Bradley Wiggins knighted along with sailor Ben Ainslie. David Weir, Mo Farah and Jess Ennis get CBEs.
The former commander of 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 Scots) - commonly known as the Black Watch - has been honoured for successful operations in Afghanistan during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Colonel Edward Fenton, who last year handed over command of the Black Watch at their base at Fort George in Inverness, was awarded a Distinguished Service Order in recognition of his "gallant leadership".
Corporal Sean Jones of 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Regiment, was awarded a Military Cross for services in Afghanistan by the Prince of Wales.
Corporal Jones was honoured for leading a bayonet charge over 80 metres through enemy fire.
Eleven-times Paralympic gold medallist Sarah Storey has described being made a Dame as a "pinch yourself moment".
After receiving the award from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace today, the 35 year old said. "It's amazing. It's just so hard to put into words, the ceremony and the protocol and the whole elegance of it is just absolutely amazing".
Swimmer Ellie Simmonds was awarded an OBE for services to Paralympic sport. The 18 year old said although she felt nervous before the event, it was "amazing" to be honoured.
Rower Kat Copeland, 22, and taekwondo star Jade Jones, 20, were awarded MBEs at the ceremony.
Jones said, "It was a really proud moment. Prince Charles was really nice and easy to chat with. He was saying that he really enjoyed the Olympics and wished me good luck for the future".
British Cycling performance director and principal of Team Sky, Dave Brailsford, has received his knighthood today.
Sir David led Britain to eight cycling gold medals for a second successive Olympics and Team Sky to an historic one-two in the Tour de France.
He receives his knighthood for services to cycling and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Leading Paralympians have criticised what they believe to be inconsistencies in the New Years Honours list, where successful Paralympians missed out on top honours, reports the Independent on Sunday.
Ten time gold medal dressage rider Lee Pearson OBE told the newspaper that he was "disappointed" not to get a knighthood after his performance this summer, adding: "It's the discrepancy that pisses me off."
He said: "Obviously, 10 gold, one silver and one bronze just isn't enough. I'm disappointed because I do feel I've given a lot to Paralympic sport and equestrianism. I think 10 gold medals is quite an achievement."
Olympic star Mo Farah said he was "blown away" at being made a CBE, but admits that missing out on a top spot in the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year was "difficult to get my head around".
The double gold medallist was rewarded for his Olympic efforts in the New Year Honours list, announced yesterday.
In an interview with The Sun on Sunday, he said: "I'm blown away. I'm honoured.
"For me 2012 is done and it's time to look ahead. But I'll never forget what everyone in Team GB achieved."
Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds has tweeted that she is 'honoured' to receive an OBE:
Thank you for all your lovely comments about my OBE, feel incredibly honoured! It's great too see so many athletes getting recognised...From @EllieSimmonds1 on Twitter:
The New Year Honours were far from being just about sport. The achievements of hundreds of unsung heroes were also marked.
Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, the soldier who conquered horrific injuries, was rewarded for his charity work.
The children's illustrator Quentin Blake became a knight and the singer Kate Bush was made a CBE.
Sascha Williams reports.
Ken Livingstone was offered a CBE in the New Year Honours but turned it down, he has said.
The former Mayor of London said he refused the gong for services to the Olympics because he does not think politicians should get honours.
"I was offered a CBE," the 67-year-old revealed on his show on LBC Radio.
"I don't believe politicians should get honours. You had this thing for years that any Tory MP who survived in house for 20 years automatically got a knighthood.
"You get the really disfiguring thing, these people who give thirty or fifty thousand pounds to a political party and then get an honour.
"I was paid very good money to be the Mayor of London and nothing beats the recognition you get when the people of the city elect you in the first place."
Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson of the Parachute Regiment, the most seriously wounded soldier to survive the war in Afghanistan, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list.
He told ITV News that he will be, "on my best behaviour" when he goes to collect his award at Buckingham Palace:
Ben carried the Olympic Torch during its relay around the UK and has been given the award in recognition of his fund raising and charity work.