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Emilia Clarke and Ridley Scott receive King Charles' New Year's Honors

Emilia Clarke and Ridley Scott receive King Charles' New Year Honors

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Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, director Ridley Scott, singer Leona Lewis and Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis were among those recognized in King Charles' 2024 New Year Honors list.

Clarke will be awarded the Order of the British Empire (MBE) not for her acting, but for her charitable work: the actress, who survived two brain hemorrhages, founded the SameYou Foundation with her mother to help people suffering from suffer from the same illness. Clarke described the New Year's award as a “wonderful raiser of awareness for the cause”, reports the BBC.

Alien and gladiator filmmaker Scott, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth 20 years ago, will be made a Knight Grand Cross, the highest honor possible, by King Charles.

Eavis, who made the Somerset event one of the most celebrated music festivals in the world, will be knighted for his services to music and charity, Rolling Stone UK reports. In an official announcement, Eavis was praised for creating “one of the greatest British artistic and philanthropic success stories of all time.”

In an official listing, Buckingham Palace praised Glastonbury for “donating more than £2 million to charities and good causes each festival year.” As well as the endless list of causes he has supported, there are also practical initiatives such as the provision of more than 50 council houses in Glastonbury Festival's home village of Pilton, which provide locals with affordable accommodation at government-controlled rents and must never be sold. ”


Lewis will receive an Officer of the Order of the British Empire “for services to music and charity,” the BBC reports, while Dame Shirley Bassey, who sang the James Bond theme “Goldfinger,” will become the 64th living member of the Order of the Order of the British Empire becomes the Companion of Honor, which has only 65 members each.

Other entertainment honorees include Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood (Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to baking and broadcasting), Oscar-winning lyricist Don Black and BBC Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright .