Catherine Zeta-Jones tops bill in Queen's honors list

Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:03pm EDT
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By Estelle Shirbon

LONDON (Reuters) - A flying banker and an owl-lover join celebrities including film star Catherine Zeta-Jones and Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams on the Queen's Birthday Honors list, the Cabinet Office said on Saturday.

A total of 975 people are on the annual list, which marks Queen Elizabeth's official birthday. Women represent 47 percent of the total, while 7.3 percent are people from ethnic minorities, making the list one of the most diverse to date.

Zeta-Jones, who won an Oscar in 2003 for her role in the musical "Chicago," can now add a CBE or Commander of the British Empire to her tally of awards. She is being honored for services to the film industry as well as charity work in Wales.

There are five classes of honors in the Order of the British Empire. The most common, in decreasing order of seniority, are CBE, OBE (Officer) and MBE (Member).

Williams, who became the first British woman in 58 years to win a Winter Olympic individual gold medal when she triumphed in the skeleton race at the Vancouver Games, receives an MBE.

Also in the sports category, jockey Tony McCoy gets an OBE while motor racing's David Coulthard receives an MBE.

Listed in the fields of science and technology, but also with an impact on the world of sport, are MBEs for Frank Duckworth and Anthony Lewis.

They are honored for services to statistics and mathematics respectively, but also for formulating the Duckworth-Lewis Method to determine the result of limited-over cricket matches affected by bad weather.   Continued...

<p>Honoree Michael Douglas and his wife actress Catherine Zeta-Jones arrive for The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 2010 Chaplin Award Gala in New York City May 24, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>