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OBE for Welsh football hero Giggs
Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs played his first game for Wales at age 17
Former Wales football captain Ryan Giggs is one of a trio of Welsh sports stars in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

The 33-year-old Cardiff-born Manchester United winger, who ended his international career as Wales captain a fortnight ago, is made an OBE.

Snooker's former world champion, Terry Griffiths, from Llanelli, is also made an OBE, and rugby's Graham Price, of Pontypool front row fame, gets an MBE.

Among the 57 Welsh people honoured are a diplomat and a leading farmer.

Giggs became Wales' youngest player when he made his debut at 17, a few months after first turning out for Manchester United.

Football figures lined up this month to pay tribute to him after he announced his retirement from the international game after 64 Welsh caps.

He is one Wales' greatest ever players, but one of the few disappointments of his career is that he never played in the finals of a championship tournament with his country.

However, at club level Giggs has had huge success.

He has 23 winner's medals with United, and has just picked up a record ninth Premiership title.

He has played 716 games for United, second only to Old Trafford legend Sir Bobby Charlton, and now stands 44 appearances short of Charlton's club record.

'Viet Gwent'

Terry Griffiths, from Llanelli, retired from competitive snooker in 1996, after a distinguished career that saw him world champion in 1979, finalist again 10 years later, and spend 17 years ranked in the top 16.

He went on to coach double world champion Mark Williams and was inducted into the Wales Sport Hall of Fame in 2004.

Terry Griffiths
Terry Griffiths won snooker's world title in 1979, on his first attempt

Mr Griffiths said he was proud to have been nominated for the award.

"It is quite a surprise to me and it is a great honour, it is great for snooker in Wales," he said.

Graham Price formed one-third of the feared Pontypool and Wales front row with Bobby Windsor and Charlie Faulkner, nicknamed the Viet Gwent.

He played in the Welsh team which won the 1978 Grand Slam and went on to win 41 Wales caps. In 2002 the Welsh public voted him into the greatest Wales team of all time.

He said he would be putting the MBE in his trophy cabinet with his jerseys and caps.

"It is really like winning my first cap again - it's that sort of experience," he said.

Elsewhere, the UK's representative to the UN, Sir Emyr Parry Jones, from the Gwendraeth Valley, Carmarthenshire, is made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George, awarded for services abroad.

Singer

And one of the stalwarts of the Royal Welsh Show, Meuric Rees CBE, of Tywyn, Gwynedd, is given a knighthood for his services to agriculture and to public life in Wales.

Sir Meuric, who attended his first Royal Welsh Show in 1933, was chairman of the Royal Welsh council from 1993 until he retired from office in 2005.

He became a magistrate in 1958, was High Sheriff of Meirionnydd in 1978, president of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society in 1978 and Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd for 10 years until 1999.

Other figures receiving an honour include the Cilfynydd-born opera singer, Stuart Burrows, who becomes an OBE.




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