Dame Shirley Bassey and Ridley Scott are Way to Top UK Honour

Dame Shirley Bassey and Ridley Scott are Way to Top UK Honour

Singer Shirley Bassey, renowned director Ridley Scott, and Mary Earps, the goalkeeper for England’s women’s soccer team, gained recognition in the U.K.’s New Year Honors list, honoring over 1,000 individuals for their outstanding contributions. Bassey, already a dame, joined the Order of the Companions of Honor, the 64th living member of this prestigious group, acknowledged for her remarkable services to music. Widely known for her iconic “James Bond” theme songs like “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds Are Forever,” she expressed gratitude, saying, “Entertaining audiences for over 70 years has been a privilege. My heart is full of emotion, and I am truly humbled.”

Director Ridley Scott, known for films like “Gladiator” and “Alien,” was honored for his significant impact on the U.K. film industry, receiving the title of Knight Grand Cross, a step up from his previous knighthood. Other notable figures in entertainment on the list include “The Great British Bake Off” judge Paul Hollywood, recognized for services to baking and broadcasting, and “Game of Thrones” actor Emilia Clarke, along with her mother, appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for their work founding a brain injury recovery charity.

In sports, Mary Earps, along with Lioness players Millie Bright and Lauren Hemp, received honors for their role in the Lionesses’ journey to the women’s World Cup final. The list, with a total of 1,227 recipients, reflects diversity, with 48% being women and 14% from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Noteworthy among the awardees is 9-year-old Tony Hudgell, the youngest recipient, honored with a British Empire Medal for services to the prevention of child abuse. Rizwan Javed, a 33-year-old train station assistant, was recognized for his commendable act of saving 29 vulnerable individuals at risk of ending their lives at the railway.

Honors in the U.K. have a rich history, dating back to the Middle Ages, with nominations now submitted to the government’s Cabinet Office and carefully vetted before reaching the prime minister and King Charles III. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, received a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order independently from the government, a special recognition for his role in the king’s coronation ceremony.

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