Daniel Craig is awarded the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG). After five films starring the famous British spy, he left the role of James Bond after the recently released film “No Time to Die”. The Queen honors Craig in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the film industry.
Public health leaders in England, Scotland and Wales – Chris Whitty, Gregor Smith and Frank Atherton – have been knighted, and honors have been bestowed on those involved in vaccine production.
Labor’s longest-serving prime minister, Tony Blair, said it was an “incredible honor” to be awarded the Garter Order, the oldest and most prestigious honor the queen has given without consulting the government.
“I want to thank everyone who has served with me, in politics, in the public sector and in all parts of our society, for their commitment to our country,” Blair said.
Cyclist Jason Kenny, winner of the seventh gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, also became a knight. His wife Laura Kenny, Britain’s most successful Olympian, the first to win gold at three consecutive Olympics, has been named lady.
A total of 78 Olympians and Paralympians received honors.
Emma Raducanu, the tennis player who surprised the world by becoming the first qualifier to win the US Open – is also honored with the Order of the British Empire.
Honorary author Bernie Taupin, best known for his collaboration with Elton John, also received honors, including a version of the song Candle in the Wind, which John sang at Princess Diana’s funeral.
The Christmas decorations date back to the reign of Queen Victoria in the 19th century, and are awarded not only to celebrities but also to those who have contributed to the country.