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JK Rowling, Julie Walters and David Walliams recognised in Queen's birthday honours

Queen's Birthday Honours List: Hero Westminster PC Keith Palmer receives bravery medal as stars Billy Connolly

PC Keith Palmer, who was killed defending Parliament in the Westminster terror attack, was also recognised alongside Bernard Kenny, who tried to protect MP Jo Cox from being stabbed and killed a year ago.

From the world of entertainment, Ed Sheeran, Emile Sande and Erin O'Conner were awarded MBEs while David Walliams can add OBE to the end of his name.

Stanning, who was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year's Honours List, is a graduate of the British Rowing Start programme, the ground-breaking talent identification and development initiative which unearthed both her and Glover.

The reigning Over-85 world champion received news of the accolade a few weeks ago, but the honours list is only made public today.

"I do what I love and I love what I do, so I feel very lucky to have been given this honour", she said.

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Mr Giles was awarded his British Empire Medal for his continued service to Pewsey where he now serves as the founder and president of the Zixex Club.

The Glaswegian comedian and actor formerly received a CBE in 2003.

Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire and Miranda actress Patricia Hodge also both receive OBEs for services to drama.

Ten residents from the Ballymena and Antrim districts have been honoured with awards in recognition of a wide range of endeavours including sport and charitable services.

In a break with tradition, the Queen's Civilian Gallantry List has been released at the same time as the monarch's birthday honours.

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Hitchin's Harinder Pattar, head of the Heathland School in the west London borough of Hounslow, has been appointed OBE for services to education.

Ed Sheeran receives an MBE for services to music and charity.

Mrs Oakley, a mother of two, will receive her MBE at an investiture yet to be arranged and will be joined in retirement by her husband in a few weeks.

JK Rowling, Sir Paul McCartney and Delia Smith have been awarded the prestigious Order of Companions of Honour.

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