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Queen's Birthday Honours: 'Outstanding individuals' recognised from across Wales

Credit: PA

Individuals from around Wales have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns described those honoured as "outstanding individuals" adding he was "delighted" to congratulate them.

Among this year's recipients is author Sarah Waters who will be made an OBE for services to literature. The Pembrokeshire-born novelist is famed for her books including 'Tipping the Velvet' and 'Fingersmith'.

The 52-year-old said she was "delighted and a little dazed" by the news.

Author Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966. Credit: PA

Wales women's manager Jayne Ludlow was also honoured for her "huge contribution to raising the profile of women’s football in Wales".

She was also praised for having "elevated women’s football in Wales to be the most participated women’s and girl’s team sport".

Wales women's manager Jayne Ludlow has been honoured for 'transforming' the women's team. Credit: PA

Other individuals honoured in Wales included a number of academics.

Professor Antony Bayer, Chair of Medicine at Cardiff University, was praised for his work on dementia care and support in Wales. While Professor Lynne Boddy was recognised for her pioneering research in woodland ecosystems.

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns described the recipients as inspirational.

I am delighted to congratulate and recognise the achievements of this year’s deserved recipients of the Queen’s Birthday Honours. These honours highlight the outstanding achievements and hard work of incredible people across Wales who go above and beyond to better the lives of others. I am grateful for their commitment and dedication to communities all over Wales and would like to congratulate them all on their incredible accomplishments – you are an inspiration to us all.

– Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales
Farmer Abi Reader has been honoured as a 'passionate advocate' for Welsh farming.

Another recipient was Josh Llewellyn Jones who will receive an OBE for services to Cystic Fibrosis. Last year Josh was awarded ''Fundraiser of the Year'' at the Pride of Britain Awards. The 31-year-old has raised over £80,000 to help children living with the same condition as him.

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