JK Rowling, Julie Walters and David Walliams recognised in Queen's birthday honours

Dame Julie Walters: from TV comedy to award-winning stage and screen roles

Their recognition came as comedian Billy Connolly was given a knighthood and actress Julie Walters was made a dame in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

Meanwhile, eight local residents have been honoured with British Empire Medals (BEM) which provide recognition to those who have demonstrated a "hands-on" service to the local community.

PC Palmer, who was tragically murdered during the Westminster terror attack, was also recognised for his incredibly fearless actions in the Queen's birthday honours list.

The honours, awarded twice yearly, are bestowed in the name of the queen and recommended by a panel that considers suggestions from government departments and political parties as well as from members of the public.

The double Olympic rowing champion Heather Stanning, who announced her retirement from the sport after successfully defending her title in Rio last summer, has been awarded an OBE for services to rowing.

"This honour is testimony to IDS, the Institute that has nurtured my career and which I've been privileged to lead for the last three years, as well as to the many colleagues and teams I have worked with here and around the world".

Greg WilliamsSure, he's won a Grammy, but now Ed Sheeran is getting one of the highest honors that a Englishman can receive: an honor from Queen Elizabeth II.

Her sons Andy and Jamie are a knight and an OBE respectively.

He is one of a number of sporting figures to have received awards, including Judy Murray, rower Heather Stanning and former world light-heavyweight champion John Conteh.

On Twitter he said: "Honoured and proud to receive an OBE today".

She found out about the honour six weeks ago and was sworn to secrecy, not even telling her parents or sister who also still live in Tenby.

The 77-year-old presenter lost her daughter Caron, who was also a TV presenter, to breast cancer in 2004.

David Walliams, who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Events executive Chris Macmeikan was made an MBE for services to the music festival and live events industry.

Interestingly, this list was on of the most diverse thus far with half of this year's honourees being 10%, and 10% from black or minority ethnic backgrounds.

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