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Birthday Honours: Anthony Joshua and Kanya King lead list

HONOURED: Anthony Joshua and Kanya King

BOXER ANTHONY Joshua named OBE and MOBO Awards founder Kanya King to be named CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The heavyweight boxing champion will receive an OBE for his contribution to sport while King receives a CBE for services to music and culture.

Other famous faces featured in the list include lawyer and businesswoman Margaret Casely-Hayford, for her services to charity in the UK and abroad, and footballer Jermain Defoe for services to the Jermain Defoe Foundation for underprivileged children.

Speaking on the news, Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe and former Chair of Charity ActionAidUK, Margaret Casely-Hayford said she was "thrilled" to learn that she has been awarded a CBE and that her brother Gus Casely-Hayford, the broadcaster and historian, who was recently appointed Director of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington DC., is to receive an MBE in the same Honours list.


AWARDED: Margaret Casely-Hayford

'The only sadness', she said was "that our wonderful mother died a few weeks ago and so she won’t be able to see us get our awards - but I’m sure she’s looking down and smiling with characteristic, motherly pride!"

Defoe says he feels blessed to be named OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, but described it as a time of mixed emotions following the death of his young friend Bradley Lowery who battled with neuroblastoma.

"It's obviously mixed emotions because obviously standing here (is) one of the proudest moments of my life, but at the same time remembering all the hurt,” he said.

"I've got great memories of Bradley in my head but it wasn't easy seeing someone that you love suffer like that, especially a young kid, where he didn't really understand what was going on and you have to remain positive."


BITTERSWEET: Jermain Defoe

Defoe added that he feels "blessed and humbled" to get the honour, described it as his biggest achievement to date.

"It's at the top because I feel like this is something completely different," he said. "I am proud of it to be honest. It's important to just give back and try and help others."

In the 100th anniversary year of women’s suffrage, there are a range of awards for women at the forefront of their professions or who have championed women’s rights, including Yvonne Coghill, director of workforce race equality, who has been made a CBE for their commitment to equality and diversity in the NHS.


PICTURED: Yvonne Coghill

Ms Coghill said: "I feel honoured and humbled to be recognised for the work I love doing in an organisation that is the best in the world.

In total, 1,057 people have received an award with 10% of the successful candidates come from a BAME background.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.

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