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I really needed to wake up this morning to hear that Lewis Hamilton had been awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Years Honours.
That means he's now allowed to sign his name 'Lewis Hamilton, MBE'. At least he's not Sir Lewis Hamilton, because thats a minimum of 3 titles up from where he is.


Borrowed shamelessly from Wikipedia.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are:

Knight Grand Cross (GBE) or Dame Grand Cross (GBE)
Knight Commander (KBE) or Dame Commander (DBE)
Commander (CBE)
Officer (OBE)
Member (MBE)

Only the two highest ranks entail admission into knighthood, an honour allowing the recipient to use the title 'Sir' (male) or 'Dame' (female) before their first name. Honorary knighthoods, given to individuals who are not nationals of a realm where Queen Elizabeth II is Head of State, permit usage of the honour as a post-nominal but not as a title before their name. These recipients are classified as honorary members of the Order they receive, and do not contribute to the numbers restricted to that Order as full members do.


For more information I would suggest you looking at this page where I found the above information. It contains more information on the Order of the British Empire in general, but also has links to pages with more information on the other titles.

There have been several other sporting stars being recognised in the New Years Honours, including Chris Hoy, or should I say Sir Chris Hoy, because he's now been knighted.

Sir Chris Hoy KBE/GBE (I know it's not both, but it's not been specified whether he is a Knight of the British Empire or a Grand Knight of the British Empire, it just says he's been knighted)
Bradley Wiggins CBE
Ben Ainslie CBE
Rebecca Adlington OBE
Dave Brailsford CBE
David Tanner CBE
Lewis Hamilton MBE
Sir John Madejski KBE/GBE (see above explanation)
Christopher Martin-Jenkins MBE
David Roberts CBE
Lee Pearson CBE
Sarah Ayton OBE
Sarah Webb OBE
Iain Percy OBE
Steve Williams OBE
Eleanor Simmonds MBE
Ed Clancy MBE
Geraint Thomas MBE
Jason Kenny MBE
Jamie Staff MBE
Paul Manning MBE
Nicole Cooke MBE
Victoria Pendleton MBE
Rebecca Romero MBE
Zac Purchase MBE
Mark Hunter MBE
Andy Triggs-Hodge MBE
Tom James MBE
Peter Reed MBE
Tim Brabants MBE
Paul Goodison MBE
Andrew Simpson MBE
Pippa Wilson MBE
Christine Ohuruogu MBE
James DeGale MBE
Stephen Park OBE
Terry Edwards MBE


I don't claim that this list is full, because it's not. For a more complete list, and reasons why these people have been honoured, please see this page, though for the handy honours list, more organised than mine, you'll have to scroll down. There is also a link on that page where you can view the whole of the New Years honours list.
If you're interested in seeing a few of these people, well 18, in picture form, check this out though be warned, it does contain a picture of Lewis, so just skip #8 if you don't want to see him!

Edit: If you do decide to look at the complete list, there are 95 pages of it, and I'm finding it very confusing in places!

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msgreenie
Dec. 31st, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Captain Fantastic Steven Gerrard is MBE :) .. I'm just thinking of him very much lately, lol.
(and omg, he's been arrested on Sunday-Monday night! the press is making it very hot in England, have you heard about it?)
ladyofsalzburg
Dec. 31st, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
I have. He spent 24hours in prison, I think. He's out on bail now but awaiting a trial at the crown court or something. I didn't pay much attention to it when I saw it on the news last night, but footballers were making the headlines, in all the wrong ways!
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