Famed actress Dame Vanessa Redgrave and former Conservative Party minister Dame Andrea Leadsom are among those to receive honors at Buckingham Palace.
ame Vanessa was recognized for her television acting services, while Dame Andrea was honored for her political services.
Dame Vanessa, 85, has been nominated for six Academy Awards in her career, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1977 for her role as Julia, in which she starred alongside Jane Fonda.
When announced that she had been honored with the New Year’s Honor, she said she was “surprised and grateful to be joining this wondrous group of British artists, whose work has made inspires me and audiences around the world.”
In addition to her acting career, she is also a tireless activist for a number of causes, including calling for better support for the cultural industry and participating in protests in 2020 over her plan to cut job losses following the disaster caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Dame Andrea, MP for South Northamptonshire, entered Parliament in 2010 after 25 years working in the banking and finance sector.
A prominent Brexiteer, the former business secretary resigned as leader of the House of Commons in 2019 amid backlash against former prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan.
Dame Andrea said she was “deeply honored” to be recognized when her longevity was announced last June.
Also honored on Thursday were the royal guard officer, Sergeant Emma Probert, who protected the Princess of Wales, and royal chef Mark Flanagan, who oversaw the dishes served at her wedding reception. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, among other royal events.
Sergeant Emma Probert has been made a member of the Royal Victorian Order for services to the royal family and specialist protection, while Mr Flanagan has been made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order for the role of the Master’s assistant. family in catering and chef in the royal family.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/dames-vanessa-redgrave-and-andrea-leadsom-to-be-honoured-at-buckingham-palace-42063018.html Dames Vanessa Redgrave and Andrea Leadsom honored at Buckingham Palace