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Tonight's the knight: Arise, Sir Rod

Rod Stewart performs during a concert in the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, Germany in November last year. (AP Photo)

 Some guys have all the luck. Rocker Rod Stewart has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in her annual Birthday Honours List, which also included recognition for astronaut Tim Peake and Downton Abbey star Penelope Wilton.

Stewart, the raspy-voiced singer of Maggie May, Da Ya Think I'm Sexy and Some Guys have All the Luck, was honoured in Friday's list "for services to music and charity". The 71-year-old will be able to call himself Sir Roderick David Stewart.

Peake, who is nearing the end of a six-month stint aboard the International Space Station, was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, which recognises "service rendered internationally or in a foreign country".

The Foreign Office noted that Peake "is the first person to be honoured in this order as a British representative in space".

The astronaut dedicated his award to the "technicians, scientists, engineers, educators, trainers and flight directors, all working in pursuit of one of the greatest scientific and technical challenges of our time -- exploring our solar system for the benefit of people on Earth".

The twice-yearly royal honours reward hundreds of people for services to their community or national life. Most go to people who are not in the limelight, but there is also a sprinkling of famous faces.

Recipients Friday also include 99-year-old singer Vera Lynn, who raised British spirits during World War II with songs including The White Cliffs of Dover and We'll Meet Again. She was made a Companion of honour, an award limited to 65 people "of distinction".

Wilton, who played indomitable Isobel Crawley in Downton Abbey, was made a dame, the female equivalent of a knight.

There were also knighthoods for artist Michael Craig-Martin, Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells and philosopher Roger Scruton.

The broadcasting duo Ant and Dec -- Antony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly -- were named Officers of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, as were the big-voiced actor Brian Blessed and actor-broadcaster Adil Ray.

Margaret Calvert, who designed many of the road signs used across Britain, received an OBE "for services to typography and road safety".

Britain's honours are bestowed by the monarch at New Year and on her official birthday in June. Recipients are selected by committees of civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public.

In descending order, the main honours are knighthoods, CBE, OBE and MBE. Knights are addressed as "sir'' or "dame", followed by their name. Recipients of the other honours have no title, but can put the letters after their names.

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Re: Honours List - Dame Vera Lynn 'surprised'
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2016, 09:22:45 PM »
Dame Vera Lynn 'surprised' by Queen's Birthday Honours accolade

Dame Vera Lynn has been recognised for services to entertainment and charity in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Dame Vera, 99, became known as the Forces Sweetheart for entertaining the troops during World War Two.
One of her best-known songs, The White Cliffs Of Dover, featured in a list of the Queen's favourite pieces of music, released earlier this week.

My Choice - Vera Lynn: The White Cliffs of Dover

We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn
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just a few i can remember,The White Cliffs of Dover,A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,You'll Never Know,Anniversary Waltz,It Hurts to Say Goodbye,Now Is the Hour,Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me goodbye,Lili Marlene,Auf Wiedersehn Sweetheart,Land of Hope and Glory                        and of course There'll Always Be an England

There'll Always Be An England - Vera Lynn