Comedian Billy Connolly receives knighthood

It's Sir Billy Connolly for you guys.

It's Sir Billy Connolly for you guys.

Popular comedian Billy Connolly was given a knighthood and actress Julie Walters was made a dame in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

Also recognised were the policeman killed after confronting the Westminster attacker outside Britain's parliament and the heroic passer-by stabbed trying to protect MP Jo Cox who have been awarded medals for their bravery.

Oscar-winner Olivia de Havilland, who turns 101 next month, is the oldest woman to become a dame in this centenary year of the modern-day honours system.

Julie Walters has been made a dame.
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Julie Walters has been made a dame.

Those honoured from the world of entertainment include chart-topper Ed Sheeran and comedian David Walliams, with the honours committee describing the list as the most diverse yet.

In a break with tradition, the Queen's Civilian Gallantry List has been released at the same time as the monarch's birthday honours.

 

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