Queen’s Birthday Honours: Lulu, Arlene Phillips, Prue Leith and Skin collect gongs

A whole host of famous names feature on the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours list that recognises the achievements and service of people across the UK.

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The Queen’s Birthday Honours lists recognise the achievements and service of people across the UK, from all walks of life – including famous faces.

National treasure Lulu, 90s Brit-rocker Skin of Skunk Anansie fame, Bake Off star Prue Leith and Strictly judge Arlene Phillips are amongst the latest celebrities to be honoured by the Queen.

Scottish singer Lulu, best known for her 1964 hit "Shout", is to receive a CBE in recognition for her 57 year career as a singer and entertaining. The 72-year-old is also being honoured thanks to her countless contributions to charities and fundraising.

The star, also known as Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, first received an OBE back in 2000. At the time, she spoke of her joy at being recognised by Queen Elizabeth II but how the occasion was slightly tinged with sadness.

The Scottish singer was first honoured by the Queen in 2000 when she received an OBE.

Speaking on the BBC's National Lottery show shortly after it was announced, she said: "I'm thrilled. But the immediate thing that came to my mind was how I lost my two parents in the last three years and how thrilled and proud they would be.

"I see them smiling down and it makes the whole thing really poignant."

Performer Deborah Ann Dyer, better known by her stage name Skin, is one of the household names who will receive an OBE in this year's Birthday Honours.

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The 53-year-old British singer rose to fame as the lead vocalist of rock band Skunk Anansie who are often credited as being one of the leaders of the Britrock movement in the UK.

The DJ and songwriter recently appeared on our television screens as Duck on The Masked Singer in 2020.

As previously reported by The Mirror, Great British Bake off star Prue Leith has been made a Dame in the Queen's Birthday Honours after advising Boris Johnson on how to improve hospital food last year.

Deborah Ann Dyer is best known by the stage name Skin and as the lead vocalist of British rock band Skunk Anansie.

The 81-year-old has received the prestigious honour for her services to food and assisting the government in making hospital food healthier – producing an independent review and providing series of recommendations.

Other famous faces featured on the list include Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips who is to be made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, broadcaster Simon Mayo, who receives an MBE and Game of Thrones star Jonathan Pryce, who is set to portray Prince Philip in the final two seasons of The Crown, is awarded a knighthood.

Dame Prue Leith!
(Image: SWNS)

Singers Alison Moyet and Engelbert Humperdinck both get MBEs for their services to music while presenter Sue Barker will be handed a CBE for services to sport, broadcasting and charity.

Other showbiz names honoured by the Queen include Julian Lloyd Webber, the cellist brother of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, and David Almond, who wrote the children’s novel Skellig, who will both be awarded an OBE and rock legend Rick Wakeman who will receive a CBE.

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