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Under her full name of Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, the Scot best known for the hits Shout and Boom Bang A Bang, has won awards for her music and charity work. The 72-year-old was joined on the list of music, film and television recipients by dance legend Arlene Phillips, who is named Dame. Britain’s Great Bake Off judge Prue Leith also becomes Dame, while actor Jonathan Pryce is knighted for his illustrious career on stage and screen.
The monarch has also handed out MBEs to crooners Alison Moyet and Engelbert Humperdinck, actress Ruth Wilson, TV ‘judge’ Robert Rinder, DJ Simon Mayo and BBC1’s The Repair Shop Jay Blades.
Rick Wakeman, the keyboard wizard known for his work with 1970s “progressive rock” band Yes, gets a CBE, along with former Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross.
Arlene, 78, who rose to fame as the founder of raunchy 1970s dance outfit Hot Gossip, has been awarded for her services to dance and charity. Before being a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, she choreographed some of the biggest West End and Broadway shows, including Grease, Starlight Express and Saturday Night Fever.
Prue, 81, born in South Africa, has won awards for her service to food, broadcasting and charity, during a 50-year career in the spotlight.
She spent over a decade as a judge on BBC Two’s Great British Menu before moving to Bake Off when it moved to Channel 4 in 2017.
Prue, mother of Tory MP Danny Kruger, replaced another cooking and TV leading lady Mary Berry and became a fan favorite alongside co-host Paul Hollywood.
Lulu was awarded for her music and charity work
Jonathan, 74, whose on-screen roles range from a Bond villain to a high priest in Game of Thrones, has told of his pride at being knighted.
He said: “When I started working at Liverpool Everyman I saw theater as an instrument of change – to entertain and inform.
“The arts remind people to be kinder, more understanding, more questioning and more empathetic.
“It shows people the importance of debate and tolerance and these last years of division have shown the need for it more than ever.
“After almost 50 years as an actor, I’m proud to think that the work and ideals I shared with my friends and colleagues are honored in this way.”
Alison, who rose to fame in the 1980s as “Alf” with electro music star Vince Clarke, said her gong was a happy surprise for her 60th birthday.
She said: ‘I received an MBE on the Queen’s birthday. A remarkable and happy 60th birthday surprise for me. Alf of Basildon with additional initials. I didn’t see that coming.
“Recognition of a life in music is always unpredictable and humbling.”
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Engelbert, 85, honored under his real name of Arnold George Dorsey, said he only regretted that his wife Patricia was not with him to enjoy the occasion. Patricia died in February after contracting Covid-19 and had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for more than a decade.
He said, “I can’t believe I’m honored. It’s a dream come true. My wife would have been absolutely thrilled. God rest his soul.
“I wish she’d seen what’s going on right now but God took her in a different direction.”
The singer, whose hits include The Last Waltz, added: “My music has been my passport to most countries in the world. I have always been an ambassador in this respect.
“I’m just a lucky person and I’m thrilled with how things are going in my life.” Rick, 72, who has collaborated with musicians including David Bowie and Sir Elton John, said he was “astounded and very proud”.
He added: “My first thought was, ‘God, I wish my mom and dad were here to witness it.’
“But then I realized my dad would be 105 and my mum would be 103 – so the odds were very high against that. Friends who know me know I didn’t expect such a thing.
He said despite selling more than 50 million albums, the pandemic has been “horrible” for musicians. Rick added, “I kept making music, but sometimes you’re like, ‘Why am I doing this? There is no end in sight as to when we will be able to perform live.”
Cellist and conductor Julian Lloyd Webber is awarded an OBE but said it was a “really worrying” time for him and his peers.
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He said, “I’ve been blessed to work with some amazing musical collaborators and I don’t think this award would have been possible without it.”
Robert Rinder said he was particularly delighted to receive an MBE for his services to Holocaust education alongside his mother Angela Cohen. The 43-year-old Judge Rinder star said: ‘It’s all the richer and frankly more beautiful that my mum is getting one on the same day.’
The repair shop’s Jay Blades said his MBE should inspire others to “achieve the unachievable”.
The 51-year-old furniture restorer added: “When you can do something, you can actually see a tangible object that is there that you made.
“I came out of school with no GCSEs, no qualifications. I went to college, studied and got a degree.
“But when you do something, it’s like – ‘I did this’.”