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Daniel Day-Lewis has been given a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth

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Jun 14th 2014, 11:40 AM 13,538 67

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DANIEL DAY-LEWIS has been given a knighthood in the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours list handed out by the British monarchy.

The Wicklow-based actor, honoured for “services to drama”, said he was surprised by the award. ”I’m entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure,” he said.

Three-time Best Actor Oscar winner Day-Lewis was one of a list of a list of film idols, sports stars, authors and designers recognised for their services to the UK.

Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame – the female equivalent of a knighthood – as the UK paid tribute to the Hollywood star for her efforts to combat warzone rape.

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She co-hosted a four-day global conference in London on the issue this week. The 39-year-old actress said: “To receive an honour related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to.”

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And Dame Maggie Smith – the star of Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films – is made a companion of honour. This is an order limited to the queen and 65 other ordinary people from across the Commonwealth.

Homeland star Damian Lewis was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

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Nineteen-year-old cancer victim Stephen Sutton, who died on May 14 after raising more than £4.2 million (€5.3 million euros) for a teenage cancer charity, was given an MBE for his efforts, backdated to the date of his death.

His mother Jane said her son was asked shortly before he died whether he would accept the MBE in recognition of his fundraising services – and thought it was “awesome”.

Honours lists are produced twice a year, at New Year and to coincide with the queen’s official birthday in June. She turned 88 in April.

- © AFP, 2014

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