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Parkinson collects his knighthood


Sir Michael Parkinson receives his knighthood

Chat show host Sir Michael Parkinson has been knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Sir Michael, 72, who retired from his show at the end of last year, said his knighthood was a "very great honour".

Also knighted was Marks & Spencer chief executive Sir Stuart Rose, 59, who has been credited with turning round the fortunes of the High Street giant.

RAF helicopter pilot Flt Lt Michelle Goodman, 31, became the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross.

She flew her Merlin helicopter under fire from mortars and rocket-propelled grenades to pick up seriously injured serviceman Rifleman Stephen Vause in the southern Iraqi city of Basra last year.

Flt Lt Goodman said: "It's one of those things that you look at afterwards and go 'wow', but at the time it was just a case of getting on with the job."

Medical advice

Bombardier Paul Greenwood, 24, of 19 Regiment Royal Artillery, was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in Afghanistan last year.

Bomb disposal expert Warrant Officer class 2 James Wadsworth, of the Royal Logistic Corps, received a Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for defusing a 120lb device outside Basra hospital.

The Queen and Flt Lt Michelle Goodman
Flt Lt Michelle Goodman's helicopter came under fire in Iraq last year

TV doctor Christopher Steele received an MBE for services to general medical practice and broadcasting.

He has been giving medical advice to viewers of ITV1's This Morning programme for more than 20 years.

Tony Blair's spokesman while he was prime minister, Tom Kelly, was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

Mr Kelly worked at Number 10 for six years until 2007, after being director of communications at the Northern Ireland Office.

Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of the American-based Harper's Bazaar magazine, received an OBE for her work in journalism and fashion.

Also being invested were Sir Nigel Hamilton, head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Sir Richard Stagg, British High Commissioner to India, and Dame Nuala O'Loan, former Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.

The titles were announced in the New Year's Honours List, which also featured singer Kylie Minogue and ex-England rugby coach Brian Ashton.

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