The everyday 'COVID heroes' who have been recognised by the Queen

Emily Cleary

This year’s Queen’s birthday honours celebrate a host of everyday heroes who went above and beyond to support their local communities during coronavirus lockdown.

Famous faces including footballer Marcus Rashford and personal trainer Joe Wicks have been honoured for their charitable efforts, but many lesser known faces have also been recognised.

Recipients include a train driver turned paramedic, a 100-year-old fundraiser, and a nurse who enabled dying patients to speak to their families one last time.

The list, postponed for announcement from June, includes 740 women, which represents 49% of the total, lower than the 50.7% seen in the New Years Honours list last year, while 6% of people being honoured considered themselves to have a disability.

In total, 1,495 honours make up this year’s list, with health and social care workers making up 14% while 13% of recipients are from a minority ethnic background, making it the most diverse list after 12% in the New Year Honours last year.