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Wednesday, 13 December, 2000, 12:52 GMT
Royal honours for Welsh personalities
Carol Vorderman
Carol Vorderman made her name on Countdown
Television star and mathematician Carol Vorderman can add two consonants and vowel after collecting her MBE from the Queen.

The north Wales-born TV presenter - who made her name on Channel 4's Countdown programme - was given the award for services to broadcasting in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Vorderman - who celebrates her 40th birthday on Christmas Eve - is one of the highest-paid women on television.

The Cambridge graduate now appears on numerous programmes, including Better Homes.

JK Rowling
JK Rowling: Postponed honour.
But Harry Potter author JK Rowling - who went to school in Chepstow - pulled out of her date with the Queen because her daughter was unwell.

Ms Rowling, who is a single parent, was due to collect an OBE for services to children's literature at the Palace investiture.

But the best-selling, multi-millionaire author decided not to travel to London from her home in Edinburgh while her seven-year-old daughter Jessica was sick. She is expected to attend an investiture in February.

"It's nothing serious but Ms Rowling does not want to leave her daughter while she is unwell," said the author's spokeswoman.

"She has been in touch with Buckingham Palace and postponed until the New Year."

A Palace spokesman said: "We of course understand why JK Rowling has had to postpone her investiture.

Another date

"These things happen occasionally and we will arrange another investiture date when it is convenient for her."

An environmental campaigner from north Wales also received an honour at the Palace.

Judy Ling Wong is director of the Black Environment Network, which campaigns for ethnic communities to become involved in environmental improvements.

"Until we started, environmental organisations did not think ethnic groups were interested in saving the planet," said Ms Ling Wong.

Ms Ling Wong, who is from Llanberis, has been director of the BEN since 1998.

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