Late cancer teen Stephen given MBE
Angelina Jolie and Daniel Day-Lewis also recognised in Queen's birthday honours list
The teenager whose heroic battle with cancer became an online phenomenon has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Stephen Sutton, who raised £4.2m for the Teenage Cancer Trust after his story spread on social media, accepted the honour for services to the charity shortly before his death, aged 19, last month.
His mother, Jane, said Stephen considered it “an incredible honour” to receive the MBE and give it his trademark “thumbs up”. She said that although her son insisted did not do his work for “recognition”, he thought it was “awesome” to receive the honour.
American actress Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame for her services to UK foreign policy and efforts to end sexual violence in war zones.
Jolie said: "Working on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative and with survivors of rape is an honour in itself.” She added: "I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine."
Among the others to be honoured are actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who receives a knighthood for his services to drama. Dame Maggie Smith is made a Companion of Honour, while Homeland star Damian Lewis gets an OBE.
A total of 1,149 people were honoured in the new list. Of these, 73% are recognised for outstanding work in their communities, of whom 49% are women. A total of 30 men received knighthoods.