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McCartney, Rowling promoted in the queen's Birthday Honors

19 June 2017

Musicians Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sande, along with model Erin O'Connor, will become MBEs, while David Walliams can add an OBE to his name.

However, it is not just celebrities the list recognises.

The honours are released to mark the Queen's official birthday, recognising those who have worked tirelessly out of the public spotlight.

He said: "It is an incredible honour to receive this award from our Patron, Her Majesty the Queen".

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Canadian opera singer Gerald Hunter Finley has been awarded a CBE for services to opera, and Chris Elwell, director of young people's theatre company Half Moon, has become a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire.

Davis made his worldwide debut in 2005 and famously provided the pass for David Healy to score the victor in a never-to-be-forgotten World Cup qualifier victory over England in Belfast the following year.

"This honour is a recognition of not only her personal success, but also the importance of sport and activity in the life and health of millions of people across the country".

His worldwide manager Martin O'Neil was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours for his contribution to football and to the community in Northern Ireland, and speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, he admitted he was shocked that he also received the honour.

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The Queen's Birthday Honours list was revealed last night, and a number of famous faces made the cut.

Sporting stars honoured include Ireland rugby captain Rory Best, who receives an OBE for services to the sport, and Northern Ireland football captain Steven Davis, who is given an MBE for services to his sport.

After Caron's death Ms Hunniford and her sons Paul and Michael set up the Caron Keating Foundation, which gives grants to all types of cancer charities in the UK.

The principal of Belmont Nursery School in Londonderry, Jennifer Marshall, was also awarded an MBE for services to education.

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McCartney, Rowling promoted in the queen's Birthday Honors