Scientists and medical leaders who led Britain’s response to the pandemic were named knights on Friday in the country’s annual list of New Year’s honors, which recognized the achievements of hundreds of people, the star from James Bond Daniel Craig to teenage tennis star Emma Raducanu. Queen Elizabeth II also made former Prime Minister Tony Blair a Knight Companion of the Noblest Order of the Garter, Britain’s oldest and longest standing order of chivalry. In another year dominated by the pandemic, officials said nearly one in five honors was for a service related to the coronavirus. Chris Whitty and Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s chief and assistant physicians, have been appointed knights. Jenny Harries, head of the UK Health Safety Agency, and June Raine, chief executive of the UK medicines regulatory body, have become ladies.
In total, the list of honors has recognized over 1,200 people in the UK this year, including scientists, actors, politicians, Olympic athletes and people who have worked to raise money for charity. . Craig was a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George – the same honor bestowed on Bond fiction – for his services to film and theater. The title is often given to diplomats, and Bond has been described as holding it in Ian Fleming’s film franchise and books. Elsewhere in entertainment, veteran actress Vanessa Redgrave is set to become a lady, while former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, known as Mel B, has been recognized for her work with the Women’s Aid anti-violence charity. domesticated. In sports, the 19-year-old US Open champion Raducanu becomes an MBE, or member of the Order of the British Empire.
“This year has been full of incredible surprises for me, so ending 2021 with this date is very special,” said Raducanu. Other award-winning athletes included Olympic champion cyclists Jason Kenny and his wife Laura, diver Tom Daley and swimmer Adam Peaty. British monarchs have bestowed honors under orders of chivalry since the Middle Ages. In modern times, nominations are submitted to the Cabinet Office of the government and reviewed by a committee before being forwarded to the Prime Minister and the Queen for approval. The knighthood given to Blair, who served as Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007, was separate from the main list as it was decided by the Queen and made without government advice. The Queen has also appointed two other members of the Order of the Garter: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Baroness Valerie Amos, a Labor member of the House of Lords, who will become the first black person to be appointed to the order. .