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Teen cancer hero Stephen's MBE honour weeks after his death

By Ellen Branagh

Teenage cancer victim Stephen Sutton has been honoured with an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, just weeks after losing his fight against the disease.

The 19-year-old, who accepted the honour before his death on May 14, is joined in the latest round of honours by A-lister Angelina Jolie, who receives an honorary damehood for her work to fight sexual violence.

Jolie, who has been co-chairing the End Sexual Violence in Conflict global summit with Foreign Secretary William Hague in London this week, is recognised in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday 2014 Honours list for exceptional service to Britain overseas.

The pair are among more than 1,100 people recognised in the latest set of honours.

Stephen's MBE is backdated to the date of his death last month, which touched millions and resulted in a huge boost in donations to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The teenager, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 15, became a household name as he helped raise £4m for the fight against cancer, staying positive throughout his illness.

And actor Daniel Day-Lewis said he was "entirely amazed" to receive a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

He said: "I'm entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure."

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