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Queen's Birthday Honors handed out

June 11, 2005 at 9:05 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, June 11 (UPI) -- A diverse group of Brits ranging from TV stars to police officers have been knighted, damed or otherwise celebrated on Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honors List.

Judi Dench, one of Britain's most celebrated actresses and already a dame, was named a Companion of Honour. David Jason, who played Del Boy on the long-running BBC sitcom "Only Fools and Horses," became Sir David.

Other knighthoods went to Rod Eddington, the outgoing CEO of British Airways, and Hugh Orde, chief police constable in Northern Ireland. Elizabeth Manningham-Buller, head of the intelligence service MI5, was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath.

Two religious leaders, Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and lqbal Sacranie of the Muslim Council of Britain, were also knighted.

Brian May of the rock group Queen was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Jimmy Page, a founding member of Led Zeppelin, was appointed to the Order of the British Empire, along with Midge Ure of Ultravox and John Mayall, widely regarded as the godfather of British blues.

Terry Wogan, a well-known television and radio presenter, received an honorary knighthood. As an Irish citizen, he can enjoy bragging rights but will not be known as Sir Terry.

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