THE QUEEN’S HONOR ROLL: A clutch of hard-working Brits in the fashion, media, and music worlds have won top honors from Queen Elizabeth II. On Friday, Her Majesty’s 2010 New Year Honors List — an annual roster of high-achievers in their respective fields — was published, with figures including veteran fashion designer and outspoken campaigner for Fair Trade cotton Katherine Hamnett and Raymond Kelvin, founder of Ted Baker, both set to receive a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Hamnett said: “I tend to pooh-pooh these kind of things but at the same time it’s frightening how nice it is. It’s seductive. And my friends have been adorable about it. It’s quite funny, I’m respectable at last.”
Footwear designer Beatrix Ong and fashion designer Alice Temperley will each receive an MBE, or Member of the Order of the British Empire, while Wendy Dagworthy, the head of London’s Royal College of Art’s fashion program, and Tanya Sarne, founder of the label Ghost, will each collect an OBE, or Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Mark and Mo Constantine, the founders of Lush Cosmetics, have both received OBEs for their services to the industry.
Other figures to receive honors include author Lady Antonia Fraser, who has been named a Dame, the equivalent of a knighthood, and Annie Lennox, who will pick up her OBE later this year. Lennox said she was “genuinely honoured” to receive an OBE for her work fighting Aids and poverty in Africa. The singer is an Oxfam global ambassador and was inspired by Nelson Mandela to launch the Sing campaign to raise money to prevent the spread of HIV in South Africa. “As somewhat of a renegade, it either means I’ve done something terribly right – or they’ve done something terribly wrong,” she said. “In any case, whatever powers that be have deemed me worthy of such a recognition, I’m getting my fake leopard pillbox hat dusted and ready.”
Those honored will receive their medals and congratulations from members of the royal family, including the Queen herself, during separate ceremonies set to take place later this year.