McCartney, Rowling Promoted in the Queen's Birthday Honors

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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.

"I am delighted to congratulate all those who have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List", Lt Gen Davis said.

However, it is not just celebrities the list recognises.

And Tony Gearing, who founded the Young People of the Year or "YOPEY" awards in 2005, has also been made an MBE.

Excitement is expected to grow among the 700 students at Bede Academy Primary once Mrs Harding receives confirmation of the date of her investiture at the Palace, which is anticipated to be at the end of the year.

"I do what I love and I love what I do, so I feel very lucky to have been given this honour", she said.

Danny Kerry, who led the British women's team to a historic triumph in Rio past year, has been awarded an MBE for services to women's hockey.

Tejinder Kumar Sharma, for services to Hindi Literature and to Community Cohesion in London; Dr Shobba Srivastava, for voluntary service to community cohesion in North East England; and Deepak Verma, for services to the arts, also receive an MBE.

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FIGURES from the world of sport, education, business and charity in Northern Ireland have all been honoured in Queen Elizabeth's birthday honours list.

It's a bit surprising Julie Walters didn't already have a Damehood given her acting CV, but at the age of 67 she's received the honour in recognition of her contribution to drama.

Pamela Berry was also given a British Empire Medal for services to the community in Delph.

Singer Ed Sheeran received an MBE.

Television presenter Gloria Hunniford, who lost her daughter Caron Keating to cancer, gets an OBE for services to cancer charities through breast screening services and cancer support.

Both are made Companions of Honour, a 100-year-old award limited to 65 members at any one time, along with designer Terence Conran, cookbook writer and TV presenter Delia Smith and Nicholas Stern, former World Bank chief economist and author of a widely cited report into the economics of climate change.

Northern Ireland has a good chance of reaching the World Cup finals in Russian Federation, and this is due to the contributions of Steven Davis MBE and his team.

Caroline Oakley has worked in nursing for almost 37 years and will receive an MBE for services to the nursing profession and NHS Wales from Her Majesty the Queen.

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