Kate Garraway has led a long list of deserving celebrities receiving New Year’s Honours as 2021 comes to a close.
The Good Morning Britain host, 54, has been made an MBE for her efforts to document her husband Derek Draper’s coronavirus battle, which left his organs, including his heart, lungs, liver and pancreas damaged.
Derek, also 54, was hospitalised in March 2020 after contracting Covid-19. He then became one of the longest surviving in-patients with the deadly virus in the UK.
The author and political advisor was in hospital for more than a year. He has now returned home but still requires care after the long-term impact the virus left on him.
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Kate has been documenting her husband’s progress as well as how she and her children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 12, have coped.
In September this year, the TV presenter won the authored documentary prize for Finding Derek at the National Television Awards.
She is now working on a sequel to the documentary, titled Caring For Derek, which is set to be released in 2022.
Kate is not the only celebrity to be honoured by Prince Charles, 73, this year as many actors, TV presenters, musicians, Olympic athletes and a Royal chef were all given awards too.
Meanwhile, James Bond legend Daniel Craig has been given the same honour that was handed to his 007 character, as he has been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.
Daniel isn’t the only James Bond star to be handed an honour this year though as producer Barbara Broccoli has been made a CBE.
Within the film industry, John Boorman, who has directed the likes of Deliverance, Point Blank and Exorcist II: The Heretic, has been knighted.
When it comes to TV presenters, financial journalist and broadcaster Martin Lewis as well as BBC star Moira Stuart have both been given CBEs.
Only two musicians have been given honours this year as frontwoman of The Selecter Pauline Black has been made an OBE, while Spice Girls star Melanie Brown has been made an MBE for her work with domestic violence charity Women’s Aid.
Melanie is a patron for Women’s Aid and has bravely come forward to speak about her own experiences with domestic violence. Back in 2019, the star delivered a report on domestic abuse at Downing Street, and earlier this year, she played the role of a woman beaten badly for a devastating video for Women’s Aid.
Another inspiring celebrity that has been made an MBE this year is Diversity’s Ashley Banjo as he’s become a spokesperson for issues around racial inequality.
Most recently, the dancer and choreographer was praised for confronting comedian Jim Davidson over the comments he made about Diversity’s Black Lives Matter performance.
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Joining him in receiving an OBE is his Olympic gold medallist pal Tom Daley after his and swimming partner Matty Lee’s Tokyo win.
Current British No.1 professional tennis player Emma Raducanu has also been given an MBE in the New Year Honours, while fellow Olympian Max Whitlock has been made an OBE.
Meanwhile Laura Kenny has been made a dame while her husband Jason has been knighted after breaking records in the Olympic.
The Honours list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the Queen‘s head chef as he has been made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO).
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