June 11, 2010 / 11:04 PM / 9 years ago

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

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.

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

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.


Entrepreneurs honored on the list include Tamara Mellon, the brains behind the Jimmy Choo brand of shoes beloved of fashionistas around the world. She gets an OBE.

Robin Millar, a record producer with 150 gold and platinum discs to his name including 44 number one hits, is honored with a CBE. Millar, who has been blind since 1985 because of illness, has worked with the likes of Sting and Peter Gabriel.

The list honors hundreds of people who have made a difference to the lives of people in their communities. They represent 76 percent of recipients.

Bryn and Emma Parry get OBEs as co-founders of the Help for Heroes charity, described as an initiative that caught the mood of the nation and helped to reconnect it with the armed forces.

Harry Samuel receives an MBE for 24 years of service as a voluntary worker providing advice and support to former miners and their families on coping with chronic bronchitis, emphysema and vibration white finger claims.

Anthony Warburton is rewarded with an MBE for his 40 years of work for the conservation of owls and their habitats.

There is also an MBE for Elma Anne Rendall, customer service officer at Royal Bank of Scotland on Orkney, who provides flying banking services to remote Scottish islands.

Editing by Steve Addison

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