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Prince George doctor honoured by the Queen

Marcus Setchell (centre) leaves St Mary's Hospital following the safe arrival of Prince George. Credit: PA Wire

The consultant obstetrician who led the team that delivered the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby has been made a knight commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

Sir Marcus Setchell, who was the Queen's gynaecologist for two decades, could not contain his delight after Prince George was born on July 22 at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London.

Setchell, who delayed his retirement after being asked by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to oversee the birth of the third in line to the throne, becomes Sir Marcus as he is made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) - an honour in the personal gift of the Queen.

Sir Marcus Setchell oversaw the safe delivery of Prince George. Credit: PA Wire

The 70-year-old looked after Kate when she was taken to hospital with severe morning sickness in the early stages of her pregnancy, and previously helped save the life of the Countess of Wessex in 2003 when she was eight months pregnant with her elder child Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor.

Awards made under the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) are in the Queen's personal gift and are bestowed independently of 10 Downing Street.

They recognise service to the royal family.

Lynda Bellingham awarded OBE after 'tough year'

Actress Lynda Bellingham, best known for her long-running role in the Oxo TV adverts, has said being awarded an OBE is a "fantastic way to move forward" after a "tough year" in which she received treatment for cancer.

Bellingham, whose sister Barbara died from lung cancer, has been a high-profile supporter of Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Actress Lynda Bellingham is to receive an OBE in the New Year honours. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

She said of her inclusion in the New Year Honours list, for her charity work: "I am absolutely delighted and proud to receive this OBE.

"It has been a long and tough year but this award is just a fantastic way to move forward. I feel honoured and inspired and very grateful."

Bellingham's career highlights include TV series All Creatures Great And Small, competing in Strictly Come Dancing and starring in the touring stage production of Calendar Girls.


Actress Penelope Keith to be made a Dame

Actress Penelope Keith says she had almost forgotten about being made a Dame after having to contend with no power at her Surrey home during the festive period.

The 73-year-old, known for her crisp diction and roles in sitcoms such as To The Manor Born and The Good Life, receives her honour for services to the arts and to charity

Actress Penelope Keith is to be made a Dame. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Like many thousands of people, she and her husband Rodney were left without power, as a result of recent bad weather.

Their electricity went off on Christmas Eve and they feasted on sardines on toast for their festive meal on December 25.

Keith said of her honour: "It's the big one. I had already got an OBE and then a CBE, so I don't know what is better than the icing on the cake - but this is."

"I found out six weeks ago but the way it works is that they send you a letter and then you have to eat it and keep quiet on pain of death," she joked.

"And I must admit that when the electricity went off I rather forgot about it."

Gavin and Stacey star 'chuffed' at 'tidy' MBE

Actress and writer Ruth Jones, best known for her role in the hit comedy Gavin and Stacey, says she is "really chuffed" to receive an MBE, which she described as "a massive compliment".

Television actress Ruth Jones is to receive an MBE. Credit: Press Association

The 47-year-old was included in the New Year honours for services to entertainment.

She said: "This isn't just tidy, it's proper tidy. I had no idea it was coming. I just came home one night, opened the post and there it was: this letter telling me I was being put forward for it and being really strict about not telling anyone.

"And I'm quite obedient. So I didn't. Except my husband who's really proud. And my dad, who's beside himself with excitement.

"Apparently Great Uncle Leslie got an OBE in the '40s and Uncle Jack the fireman got one in the '60s. So I'm keeping up with the Joneses, ha ha. Anyway, I'm thrilled. It's a massive compliment."

Katherine Jenkins 'humbled' to be awarded OBE

Singer Katherine Jenkins has said she is "incredibly humbled" to be awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours.

Katherine Jenkins will be awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The 33-year-old mezzo-soprano has been included in the honours for her contribution to music and her services to charity. The Neath-born star said she shared the award with the organisations with which she has worked.

She said: "I am incredibly humbled to receive this great honour. To accept such an award after only a decade of service to music and charity comes as a wonderful surprise.

"I share this award with the charitable bodies I am so privileged to work with, especially to those brave servicemen and women who risk so much for us all on a daily basis."

Soldiers receive honours for services in Afghanistan

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 after he received his Distinguished Service Order medal for Services in Afghanistan from the Prince of Wales. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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 Sean Jones of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment was awarded a Military Cross. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Corporal Jones was honoured for leading a bayonet charge over 80 metres through enemy fire.


Paralympic and Olympic stars awarded honours

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".

Paralympic Gold medal winning cyclist Sarah Storey becomes a Dame during today's investiture ceremony. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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.

Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds with members of the Yeoman of the Guards after receiving her OBE. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Rower Kat Copeland, 22, and taekwondo star Jade Jones, 20, were awarded MBEs at the ceremony.

Olympic rower Katherine Copeland receives her MBE Prince of Wales. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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".

Olympic Taekwondo gold medallist Jade Jones after receiving her MBE. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Cycling chief Dave Brailsford knighted by Queen

British Cycling performance director and principal of Team Sky, Dave Brailsford, has received his knighthood today.

Sir Dave Brailsford receives his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: PA

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.

The investiture took place at Buckingham Palace. Credit: PA

He receives his knighthood for services to cycling and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Brailsford shows off his medal outside the Palace. Credit: Nicky Russell-Smith

Paralympians hit out at 'discrepancy' in Honours list

Great Britain's Equestrian team member Lee Pearson Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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."

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