Taylor was Player of the Tournament in the World Cup and World Twenty20
England batter Claire Taylor described her MBE as a "bit special" after being named in the New Year Honours List.
"Getting cricket-specific awards is great because it's recognition within cricket," the 34-year-old said.
"But this is recognition in the wider community so this is special but in a completely different way."
Taylor helped England to a World Cup/World Twenty20 double in 2009 and two months ago was named Women's Cricketer of the Year.
In April, she also made history by becoming the first female cricketer to be chosen as one of Wisden's five players of the year.
Taylor, who is currently in the middle of a break from the game in order to concentrate on work commitments and will miss England's upcoming tour to India, said her MBE had capped "a really brilliant 2009".
She expects to return to action for England's defence of the World Twenty20 title in the Caribbean in May.
Looking further ahead, she hopes the profile of the women's game in England - and around the rest of the world - will continue to grow over the next few years.
She wants cricket to be "an accepted sporting path for a girl, and for younger and older women as well".
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