Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

I'll treasure my CBE, says Corbett

Comedian Ronnie Corbett is delighted to have received the CBE

Comedian Ronnie Corbett has spoken of his delight at receiving the CBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The veteran comic admired his medal - which matched his blue and pink striped tie - saying: "It's very pretty. It's a very lovely honour. I shall treasure it."

The 81-year-old exchanged a few words with the Queen in the ballroom, but said she had not admitted to having a favourite of his shows, which include the classic The Two Ronnies.

Corbett, from Edinburgh, said: "She told me 'You make people laugh'. I think she's remarkable for her age."

The 5ft 1in star said he was in good health after collapsing at a dinner last month to celebrate being recognised in the New Year's Honours List for his services to charity and the entertainment industry.

He said he had accidentally taken too much of his medication for high blood pressure, and added: "I collapsed because of low blood pressure. It was one of those rare accidents. You take so many tablets these days."

Corbett said he planned to make up for cutting short the earlier meal by having a special lunch with friends, but revealed that his wife Anne is currently in hospital with pneumonia. He said he was keeping busy with work and added: "There's always something going on."

The sketch show veteran has been involved with many charities, including the RNLI and the Variety Club.

Meanwhile, Christopher Preddie, the cousin of Ricky and Danny Preddie who were convicted of killing schoolboy Damilola Taylor, was made an OBE for services to young people in London.

The 24-year-old, who spearheaded a community campaign to tackle knife and gun crime, said the Queen had given him encouragement for his work. Mr Preddie said: "I just want to keep people off the streets, and she said that was really good. It's fantastic to have recognition for what you do, especially when it's from the Queen."