The Queen’s Honours To Include Emma Thompson, Tom Hardy, Keira Knightley

The Queen’s annual Birthday List of honour recipients includes Emma Thompson, Tom Hardy, Keira Knightley and Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro.

This year’s honourees, announced by Britain’s Cabinet Office Friday night, are recognized for their merit, service and bravery.

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Thompson will become Dame Emma, a honour that is the female equivalent of becoming a knight. The letter from the Cabinet Office describes the “Love Actually” star as one of Britain’s “most versatile and celebrated actresses.”

Knightley will be named an Officer of the British Empire (OBE), while Hart was appointed a CBE, making the actor a Commander of the British Empire.

Ishiguro, who was born in Japan, received a knighthood for his services to literature.

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The Queen’s Birthday List takes place annually after marking her special day with the Trooping the Colour celebration.

Queen Elizabeth II turned 92 in April, but it’s tradition for the British monarch’s birthday to be celebrated in June; in 1748, King George II (whose birthday was in November) decreed his big day be celebrated in June instead, when the weather would be more agreeable to an outdoor celebration.

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