New Year Honours: Gongs for Katherine Jenkins, Penelope Keith, Michael Crawford and Ruth Jones

OBE ... Katherine Jenkins. Also honoured, inset, from top, are Nicholas Parsons, Penelope Keith and Pete Tong.

OBE ... Katherine Jenkins. Also honoured, inset, from top, are Nicholas Parsons, Penelope Keith and Pete Tong.

The doctor who oversaw the safe delivery of Prince George is recognised by the Queen in the New Year Honours list.

Marcus Setchell, who was the Queen’s gynaecologist for two decades, becomes a Sir as he is made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).

Other honours recipients include actress Penelope Keith (Dame), singer Katherine Jenkins (OBE), Gavin and Stacey co-creator Ruth Jones and the parents of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen (MBEs).

Jones, who set parts of Gavin & Stacey in her native South Wales, described her MBE as not “just tidy, it’s proper tidy”.

Some 1,195 people have received an award and for the first time since the Order of the British Empire was founded in 1917, there are more women on the list than men.

Among those to be recognised from the world of showbusiness are actress Lynda Bellingham and writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig, who receive OBEs, while MBEs go to DJ Pete Tong and Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud.

Actor Michael Crawford, who played Frank Spencer in 1970s sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, said his CBE for services to children’s charities was “the most wonderful surprise”.

Despite reports to the contrary, the list does not include knighthoods for footballer David Beckham and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

Knighthoods do go to film and theatre producer Michael Codron, Angel of the North sculptor Antony Gormley, former Bank of England deputy governor Paul Tucker and former director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC.

Gormley said he accepted his knighthood as “a recognition” for the art form.

Elsewhere in the arts, composer and conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who is Master of the Queen’s Music, becomes a Companion of Honour.

CBEs go to ballet dancer Carlos Acosta, former FA chairman David Bernstein and presenter Nicholas Parsons.

An MBE also goes to artist Derek Clarke, member of the Royal Scottish Academy of Arts, whose career has spanned more than 70 years and who turns 101 tomorrow.

Apprentice star Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham Football Club, gets a CBE for services to entrepreneurship and women in business.

Met Office chief scientist Professor Julia Slingo becomes a dame.


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