Birthday honours

Birthday honours

The Queen's birthday gift to the worthy

A DANCE instructor, lifeboat chief and charity fundraiser are among the Lothian residents recognised in today's Queen's birthday honours list.

Top Scot Olivia tells of her delight at 'vote of confidence' from the Queen

OLIVIA Giles, the Edinburgh lawyer who lost her limbs through meningitis, spoke of her delight after being awarded an OBE for her charity work.

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Tamara Mellon a Choo-in for an honour

TAMARA Mellon, the entrepreneur behind the shoe brand Jimmy Choo, receives an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Lothians' stars named on Queen's honours list

A PARALYMPIAN swimmer, a plucky pensioner who refuses to slow down despite her advancing years and a woman whose revolutionary ideas created the best nursery in Britain are among the local people recognised in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Great and the good recognised for making a difference

HOLLYWOOD actor Alan Cumming and controversial artist Peter Howson are among the Scots making the Queen's Birthday Honours list this year.

Dracula star Lee is a true creature of the knight

VETERAN horror actor Christopher Lee and golfer Nick Faldo are knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list today.

Capital day for Scots honoured by Queen

DOZENS of Scots from all walks of life were in Edinburgh yesterday to receive honours from the Queen.

Pakistan joins Rushdie protest

PAKISTANI politicians passed a government-backed resolution demanding Britain withdraw the knighthood awarded to author Salman Rushdie.

Nurse and teacher honoured for work at the sharp end

A NURSE who has helped thousands of people give up smoking and a teacher who has devoted her life to special needs children were named in the Queen's Birthday Honours List today.

Lifeboatman, school janitor - all the unsung heroes

A STONEMASON who has helped to preserve some of Scotland's most historic buildings is among dozens of unsung Scots who have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Cash-for-honours case may be to blame for lack of glitz in Blair's second-last list

CRICKET legend Ian Botham and the novelist Salman Rushdie are knighted today in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Ming the bashful shrugs off his knighthood for common touch

WHILE Tony Blair waves a tea mug in Downing Street and David Cameron pedals on a bike to work, Sir Menzies Campbell has found a new way to demonstrate his street cred - by downplaying his knighthood.

Gongs galore across Lothian

AWOMAN who set up a children's charity after discovering her father was a paedophile, and the founder of an arts group forging links between the Scots and Indian communities are among those in the Lothians today given awards in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Top civil servant knighted

JOHN Elvidge, Scotland's most senior civil servant, receives a knighthood in today's honours. Mr Elvidge, 55, the permanent secretary at the Scottish Executive, becomes a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.

Galleries chairman receives knighthood

BRIAN Ivory, chairman of the board of the National Galleries of Scotland, has received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Fire chief gran 'thrilled' by MBE

A GRANDMOTHER who has run the fire brigade on a tiny Scottish island for the last 18 years said yesterday she was "thrilled" at being awarded an MBE.

Names from sport, business and arts thrilled by awards

BALLET star Darcey Bussell and veteran television presenter Esther Rantzen are among the record number of women honoured today in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Feast of honours for great and good of Lothian

ONE of Edinburgh's top restaurateurs and the chief executive of the city council were among the people from the Lothians recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list today.

Sir David Jason leads birthday honours list

HIS role as the brash wheeler-dealer Del Boy Trotter in Only Fools and Horses ensured him a special place in the nation's hearts, and now his talents have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours, published today.

Scots thrilled to be honoured for work in arts, sport and public service

MIDGE Ure, the former frontman of 1980s pop group Ultravox and founder of Live Aid, said it was "wonderful" to receive an OBE for his music and charity work.

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