Former rugby league player Rob Burrow will be among a host of achievers to receive royal honors at Windsor Castle.
urrow, 39, who played for the Leeds Rhinos for 16 years and was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2019, has been included in the 2021 New Year Honors list as an MBE.
On Tuesday he will be honored for his services to rugby league and the motor neuron disease community.
British pop star Engelbert Humperdinck is also honored at the Investiture service at Windsor Castle.
Humperdinck, best known for hits like “Release Me” and “The Last Waltz” in the late 1960s, has been inducted into the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honors MBE list.
Other honorees include actor Sir Jonathan Pryce and keyboardist Rick Wakeman.
During his career, the 74-year-old Welsh actor has won two Tony Awards and two Olivier Awards, and was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Pope Francis in The Two Popes.
He has also supported several charities including Amnesty International, Epilepsy Action and Neurofibromatosis Association.
He was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honors 2021 for his services to drama and charity.
Meanwhile, Wakeman, best known as the keyboardist for progressive rock band Yes, has been awarded a CBE on the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honors List.
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Professor Jim Al-Khalili, a physicist, author and radio host, has also been named a CBE on the Queen’s Birthday Honors List for services to science and public service in Stem – and will be honored in Windsor.
He will be joined by composer and pianist Huw Watkins, who has been awarded an MBE, and Dame Catherine Bingham, Chair of the UK Government’s Vaccine Taskforce, who has been awarded a Dame’s Honor – both on the Queen’s Birthday Honors 2021 roll.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/former-rugby-league-player-rob-burrow-to-receive-honour-at-windsor-castle-41521310.html Former rugby league player Rob Burrow is honored at Windsor Castle