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Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley And Charlotte Tilbury Make Queen's Birthday Honours List

The Queen's Birthday Honours list 2018 has been revealed and, once again, a broad selection of celebrity names have been found among the achievements of 'extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.

This year's list boasts an incredible line up of influential women and while only a slight increase, features two more than were recognised last year.

This is the second honours list of the year following the release of the New Years' list back in January, and marks the celebration of the Queen's birthday on 10 June.

'Each recipient exemplifies the very best of our nation - from our oldest recipient, 103 year old Rosemary Powell receiving an MBE for her charitable service, having spent over 97 years volunteering for the Royal British Legion - to the youngest at 20 years old, Menna Fitzpatrick. Menna, Team GB’s most decorated Winter Paralympian, receives an MBE for her services to Paralympic Winter Sport alongside her guide, Jennifer Kehoe', the government statement explains.

Two-time Oscar winning actress Emma Thomson has been made a dame for her services to drama, while Keira Knightly and actor Tom Hardy were awarded an OBE for services to drama and charity, and an a CBE for services to drama respectively.

Damehood was also awarded to University of Cambridge classicist Mary Beard for services to the study of classical civilisation.

Celebrated make up artist Charlotte Tilbery was awarded an MBE for her services to the beauty industry while perfumery pioneer Jo Malone was also recognised for her contribution to beauty and awarded a CBE for her services to the British economy.

In the world of entertainment, royal acknowledgement also went to singer Ms Dynamite, real name Niomi McLean-Daley, who was awarded an MBE for her services to music alongside MOBO award founder Kanya King who received a CBE for her service to music and culture.

More than 1000 people received an award in this summer's release of the prestigious award. The 519 women on the list make up 49 percent of the total and ten percent of the award recipients come from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

What may be seen as the most controversial award, however, is the CBE given to outgoing Network Rail boss Mark Carne who is leaving his post amid massive disruption and disappointment from commuters across the UK.

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