Four-time Olympic gold medal winning athlete Mo Farah, world tennis number one Andy Murray and 89-year-old comic and entertainer Ken Dodd are all knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
Patricia Routledge who found fame on British TV screens as Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances, becomes a dame as do Olympic heptathlete Jessica-Ennis Hill and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Actor Mark Rylance, of Wolf Hall fame, is honoured as are Kinks lead singer Ray Davies and opera singer Bryn Terfel from the world of music.
Patricia Routledge said she was pleased that the honour “pertains to theatre.”
Campaigners feature strongly with the former Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones, receiving a knighthood for the part he played in helping the families of the Hillsborough tragedy.
Victoria Beckham receives an OBE for services to the fashion industry, meaning there are now two such honours in the Beckham household.
The list includes many who are being recognised for long service to a charity or their communities.
One of the oldest is Janet Gillespie, 94, who is awarded a British Empire Medal for more than 60 years working as a volunteer with Poppy Scotland.
Alan Woodhouse receives an MBE as the longest-serving volunteer with the Samaritans, having dedicated nearly 57 years to its work in Liverpool.
In all, there are 1,197 people honoured in the 2017 New Year Honours list.