Tonight's the Knight - arise Sir Rod Stewart in Queen's Birthday Honours


Veteran singer Rod Stewart and orbiting British astronaut Tim Peake are among 1,149 people to be acclaimed in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Other well-known faces to be honoured include Forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn, TV duo Ant and Dec, actor Brian Blessed and actress Penelope Wilton.

Rod Stewart (Matt Crossick/PA)

London-born Rod, 71 - full name Roderick David Stewart - received a knighthood for his services to music and charity.

In another record for Major Peake, his CMG - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George - made him the first person to be honoured while in space.

Major Peake, awarded for space research and scientific research, said from the International Space Station: "I am honoured to receive the first appointment to the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George for extraordinary service beyond our planet."

Astronaut Tim Peake

He added that the award was not just for him, and dedicated it to everyone who had made his mission possible.

Dame Vera, 99, joined the likes of Sir David Attenborough, Dame Maggie Smith and Stephen Hawking in becoming a Companion of Honour, as did former governor of the BBC, Lord Smith of Kelvin.

Dame Vera Lynn is a Companion of Honour (Fiona Hanson/PA)

Ant and Dec received OBEs for services to broadcasting and entertainment, with Brian receiving the same honour for services to the arts and charity.

He said: "This is a complete surprise. I am absolutely delighted.

Ant and Dec will host an event for The Queen

"It is marvellous that the son of a Yorkshire coal miner should be given such an honour.

"A huge thank you to all of the people that nominated me. "

Olivier award winning actress Penelope was made a Dame for her services to drama, one of 13 women to be given the honour.

Brian Blessed

Others who were named OBEs were Susie Hargreaves, chief executive of the Internet Watch Foundation, and Golden Globe winning television producer Gareth Neame, who was responsible for shows like Spooks and Hustle.

Actor and presenter Adil Ray was given the same honour for his services to broadcasting, while writer Stella Duffy was recognised for services to the arts.

Penelope Wilton

Named as MBEs were Felix Barrett, founder and artistic director of Punchdrunk, and playwright Rikki Beadle-Blair.