Adele adds MBE to haul of awards
Skyfall singer Adele has added an MBE to her fast-growing collection of awards, while Blackadder favourite Tony Robinson said he was "gobsmacked" at being knighted in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.
Adele, 25, who found worldwide fame after a friend posted her demo on MySpace in 2006, already has a bulging trophy cabinet, from Brit Awards to Grammys, and most recently an Oscar for her James Bond song.
After becoming a mother in October, she now tops off an eventful few months with an MBE for services to music.
Robinson, famed for his role as long-suffering Baldrick in the Blackadder series, vowed to slaughter dragons and rescue damsels in distress as he was knighted - trumping his co-star Rowan Atkinson who becomes a CBE.
The 66-year-old said he was "thrilled, flattered and a little gobsmacked" to get the honour. Mr Bean star Atkinson, 58, said his CBE came as a "genuine surprise and is a great honour".
Also recognised is Robert Collington, the operations director of the UK's Thames Water's executive team, which was revealed last week to have paid no corporation tax this financial year. He becomes an OBE for "services to consumers" in London and the Thames Valley area, "particularly during drought".
Conservative party donor Michael Hintze, Member of the Order of Australia, was also among those to be given a knighthood, for services to the Arts. The hedge fund tycoon and philanthropist has given more than £1.2 million to the party and attended David Cameron's post-election "thank you" dinner in 2010, the Tories have previously revealed.
MBEs go to singer-songwriter PJ Harvey and singer and broadcaster Aled Jones. Harvey, 43, is the only artist to win the Mercury Prize on two occasions - picking it up for a second time in 2011, 10 years after her first triumph.
The same honour has been bestowed on comedian Rob Brydon, who said he accepted it "for short Welshmen everywhere", and also on actor, director and playwright David Haig and Chocolat author Joanne Harris.
Sports presenter Clare Balding, widely praised for her coverage of London's Olympic and Paralympic Games, described her OBE as the "pinnacle" of a "year of unexpected delights".