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Penelope Keith made a Dame at investiture ceremony

Actress Penelope Keith has been made a Dame by the Queen at an investiture ceremony held at Windsor Castle.

Penelope Keith receives her honour at Windsor Castle. Credit: ITV News/Tony Scott

Ms Keith became a mainstay on television screens with her performances as frightfully well-to-do characters in sitcoms such as To The Manor Born and The Good Life.

She was made a Dame for her services to arts and to charity.

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Lynda Bellingham 'thrilled and honoured' by OBE

Actress Lynda Bellingham has tweeted her joy at receiving an OBE after being treated for cancer:

90-year-old awarded Empire Medal for charity work

A 90-year-old woman who has devoted her time to charity has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours list.

After a spell in hospital Gwendoline Gellear decided to "do something not to be useless" and began making toys to raise funds for the doctors and nurses who looked after her.

Known as "Aunty Gwen", the volunteer is a regular visitor to Pinderfield Hospital School, where she was herself a patient when she was in her twenties.

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Downing Street cleaners sweep up honours

Two Downing Street cleaners have been awarded for services to the Prime Minister's Office in the New Year Honours list.

Madeleine Josephine Hennell and Henrietta Shorter received British Empire Medals (BEMs) for their work cleaning one of the most famous addresses in the UK.

Madeleine Josephine Hennell and Henrietta Shorter have served for five Prime Ministers. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Both women have served under five Prime Ministers going back to Margaret Thatcher.

More women than men honoured in New Year list

More women than men have been named in the New Year Honours list for the first time ever.

In total, 610 women have been awarded honours - accounting for 51% of recipients.

Here are some more facts and figures from this year's list:

  • 16 women have been named Dames
  • 1,195 people have received an award
  • 74% are people have undertaken outstanding work in their communities
  • 5% of the recipients come from ethnic minorities
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