Sir David Attenborough receives a second knighthood for services to television broadcasting and conservation.
Sir David was first knighted by the Queen in 1985, but is now made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George – a higher honor – in a nod to his documentaries about the natural world and his campaign to improve it. to rescue.
The Prince of Wales, himself a committed environmentalist, is expected to pay tribute to the 96-year-old national treasure at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.
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The beloved broadcaster, who is the same age as the Queen, was featured in a segment of the Platinum party in the palace outside Buckingham Palace on the anniversary weekend.
The Duke of Cambridge highlighted the efforts of “visionary environmentalists” during this part of the show, which involved projecting a clip of Sir David on Buckingham Palace.
Prince William also spoke of the pride he felt for “my grandfather and my father”, the Duke of Edinburgh and Charles, who stood up for the natural world.
The last honor comes as Sir David was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prizeand joins Pope Francis and the World Health Organization on this year’s list of candidates.
Gary Lightbody, the lead singer of rock band Snow Patrol, will also collect his OBE for services to music and charity in Northern Ireland.
Spy conductor Sir Jeremy Fleming, director of GCHQ, is expected to receive his knighthood after being appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to foreign, Commonwealth and diplomatic services.
Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, is expected to be knighted for services to public health, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, while actor Toby Jones will pick up his OBE for services to drama.
Olympic and Paralympic gold medalists will also be honored, including curling captain Eve Muirhead, swimmer Hannah Russell, boccia player David Smith and cyclist Jaco van Gass.