Actor Olivia Colman and comedian-campaigner Griff Rhys Jones are among those from the Anglia region named in the Queen's Birthday Honours.Read the full story ›
Cambridge classicist Mary Beard said it was a "smashing honour" to be made a dame in the Queen's Birthday honours.
Beard, who was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours, will receive a damehood for services to the study of classical civilisations.
The University of Cambridge professor is well-known for her online presence and regular appearances on classics and discussion panel programmes on the BBC, as well as contributing to Radio 4 series A Point Of View.
Yet she expects her friends and family to throw around a few jokes.
"I think there will be a bit of ribaldry to be honest - and a few jokes about 'pantomime dames'. But all good fun," she said.<
"It is of course a smashing honour. I feel especially pleased that someone working on the ancient classical world gets honoured in this way.
"I'd like to treat it as a bit of a tribute to the Greeks and Romans themselves - as well as to all my wonderful academic colleagues who also do so much for the study of antiquity."<
Dozens of people across the Anglia region have been honoured by the Queen in the Birthday Honours list.Read the full story ›
Ebola survivor Will Pooley from Suffolk has been honoured by the Queen for his work in trying to fight the disease.Read the full story ›
People in Milton Keynes have been listed in the Queen's Birthday HonoursRead the full story ›
One of the country's best-known fishermen has been honoured in the Queen's Birthday list.Read the full story ›
A bishop who has regularly spoken out about the fate of Christians in the Middle East is made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday HonoursRead the full story ›
People across Bedfordshire are being honoured by the Queen for their contributions to their communities.Read the full story ›
Hard-working people who've helped to transform the lives of others are among those honoured by the Queen in SuffolkRead the full story ›
Some of Cambridge's best scientists have been honoured in the Queen's Birthday List, along with volunteers who've helped their communities.Read the full story ›