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'Transvestite potter' Grayson Perry awarded CBE

"Transvestite potter" Grayson Perry said he is already thinking about what to wear when he receives his CBE from Buckingham Palace.

The artist, who regularly appears as his female alter-ego Claire, famously wore a Little Bo Peep outfit when he won the Turner Prize for his ceramics in 2003.

Artist Grayson Perry has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The 53 year old, who has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, said he was not expecting it, adding, "I suppose I'm surprised that the tentacles of the establishment reach into my particular pond of culture".

Perry said he had "weighed up the coolness factor" of accepting the award, but said it would help give him "a platform" and was nice for "the older generation" in his family.

He continued: "People from that background who perhaps don't tend to go into art galleries and can sometimes judge success by making money or being in a question on a quiz show or getting an honour and now I've done all three".

Wendy Parry 'deserves the recognition' of OBE

Wendy Parry's husband said she "deserves the recognition" after she was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours:

Colin and Wendy Parry's 12-year-old son Tim was killed alongside three-year-old Johnathan Ball in the Warrington bombing on March 20, 1993.

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Former Dragon 'flattered and flabbergasted' by CBE

Former Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey said she is "flattered and flabbergasted" after being awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

The businesswoman, who made her fortune after launching freight haulage firm Pall-Ex, rose from humble beginnings as a Bolton girl who remembers the bailiffs calling when her father's central heating business went bankrupt.

Hilary Devey said she is 'flattered and flabbergasted' after being awarded a CBE. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

Ms Devey who suffered a near-fatal stroke in 2009, also campaigns for a number of charities and is a patron of the Stroke Association and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

She said, "It is wonderful to receive such recognition, but this should be less about me, and more about the charities that I support and the amazing transport sector in which I am privileged to work".

Ms Devey dedicated her honour to the charities she has tried to support "as well as to the lorry drivers, forklift truck drivers and everyone else who works in the logistics sector: the unsung heroes of British industry".

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.

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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."

Source: gov.uk

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."

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