Fitness guru Joe Wicks will be among a host of achievers to receive royal honors at Windsor Castle on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old fitness and nutrition specialist, known as the Body Coach, broadcast free live workouts for months during the pandemic, viewed by millions of people worldwide.
In 2020, Mr Wicks was awarded a Guinness World Record after 950,000 people watched his live stream in March. That same year he donated the proceeds from the sale of his fitness videos to the NHS, raising £2million for children in need with a 24-hour fitness challenge.
On Wednesday Mr Wicks will be honored for his contributions to fitness and charity in the UK and abroad.
Mr Wicks, who was made an MBE in honor of the Queen’s birthday in 2020, previously spoke about a difficult childhood where he thought he wasn’t going to achieve “something great”.
“But I turned it around and I’m really proud that I’ve become this person who helps people,” he said.
Queen drummer Roger Taylor and Trigger Point star Adrian Lester will also accept awards at Windsor Castle’s Investiture services today.
The 72-year-old rocker will receive an OBE for services to music in the morning, while acting couple Mr. Lester and his wife Lolita Chakrabarti are due to accept honors in the afternoon.
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Oliver Award-winning Mr Lester, 53, who plays bomb disposal agent Joel Nutkins in Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s latest drama, has been named a CBE in the 2020 Birthday Honors.
Ms Chakrabarti, whose credits include ITV’s Vera and a production of Hamlet directed by Kenneth Branagh, was also made an OBE for her services to drama.
TV judge and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Rob Rinder will also accept an award – along with his mother Angela Cohen. The couple is honored for their services to Holocaust education.
The mother-son duo appeared on the BBC One series My Family, The Holocaust and Me, in which they explored the stories of Jewish families.
A total of 187 people are expected to be honored at the ceremonies in Windsor on Wednesday.
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