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Diamond Jubilee boatbuilder awarded MBE

The barge led the Diamond Jubilee pageant down the Thames last year Credit: Press Association

The master boatbuilder whose team created the million pound Gloriana rowbarge that led the Jubilee river pageant has been awarded an MBE for services to boatbuilding, heritage and the 2012 Diamond Jubilee.

Mark Edwards, who has been building boats for more than 40 years, said he was incredibly proud to be commended. He said:

"The Gloriana was a fantastic project and it's brilliant to get the honour. For the last 20 years I've built lots of rowing boats. So during the celebration I had the Gloriana at the front and 40 other rowing boats there, so I was obviously very proud."

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Wendy Parry given OBE

Wendy Parry with husband Colin Credit: PA Images

Wendy Parry, whose 12-year-old son Tim was killed alongside three-year-old Johnathan Ball in the Warrington bombing on March 20, 1993, will receive an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

A further 56 people were injured by two bombs put in litter bins the day before Mothering Sunday. No warning was given and nobody has ever been prosecuted for the outrage.

Mrs Parry, who set up the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace with husband Colin, is awarded the OBE in the year that marks the 20th anniversary of the attack.


Former ITV News presenter Julia Somerville gets an OBE

Julia Somerville has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Credit: Press Association

Former ITV News newsreader Julia Somerville has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

The 65-year-old, who was a regular face on nightly news bulletins for almost three decades, was commended for her work chairing the Advisory Committee on the Government Art Collection.

Queen's birthday honours - how they work

  • Knighthoods - Men are styled "Sir" and women "Dame" and are honoured "for having a major contribution in any activity, usually at national level."
  • CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) - Awarded for a "prominent but lesser role [than those awarded knighthoods] at national level."
  • OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) - Awarded for "having a major local role in any activity."
  • MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) - Awarded for "a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community."


Daybreak host Aled Jones 'deeply honoured' by MBE

Daybreak presenter Aled Jones said he was "deeply honoured"

Daybreak presenter Aled Jones has said he was "delighted" and "deeply honoured" to be awarded an MBE for services to music and broadcasting.

The former choirboy and father of two said: "I've been really lucky to have worked with amazing people during my time in the music and TV industry, and now have the privilege to wake the nation up on Daybreak every morning."


Baldrick beats Blackadder to a knighthood

It was a cunning plan that even Baldrick could not have imagined, but Tony Robinson is knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours List - while his boss Blackadder, Rowan Atkinson, becomes a CBE.

Sir Tony Robinson, who received the knighthood for public and political service, vowed: "I pledge that from this day on I'll slaughter all unruly dragons, and rescue any damsels in distress who request my help."

Mr Atkinson said of his CBE: "It came as a genuine surprise and is a great honour."

Rob Brydon: MBE is for 'short Welshmen everywhere'

Comedian and actor Rob Brydon has been recognised for his services to comedy and broadcasting with an MBE.

The Gavin and Stacey star said: "This is a great honour and an even greater surprise. I accept it not just for me but for short Welshmen everywhere."

The accolade comes a year after he was one of the hosts for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace.

Sculptor Anish Kapoor 'humbled' by knighthood

Sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor Credit: Press Association

Sculptor Anish Kapoor said he was honoured and humbled to be awarded a knighthood in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

The sculpture, who is responsible for designing the Olympic tower thanked the many people who helped him during his career. In a statement, he said:

"I am honoured and humbled to receive this honour and I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have helped me during my career.

"I would like to thank them all for making it possible."

Rowan Atkinson 'genuinely surprised' by CBE

Actor Rowan Atkinson, star of last year's Olympic Opening Ceremony. Credit: Press Association

Rowan Atkinson has been awarded with a CBE at this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The Blackadder actor and star of last year's Olympic opening ceremony has been commended for his services to drama and charity.

Atkinson said the honour "came as a genuine surprise."

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