- Title: Murray, Farah, Ennis-Hill, Grainger and Bannister honoured
- Date: 30th December 2016
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - AUGUST 5, 2012) (AGENCY POOL) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** GOLD MEDAL OF JESSICA ENNIS, JESSICA ENNIS'S FACE/GOLD MEDALLISTS JESSICA ENNIS AND GREG RUTHERFORD AT NEWS CONFERENCE AT TEAM GB HOUSE JESSICA ENNIS HOLDING UP HER GOLD MEDAL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
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- Keywords: Honours list
- Location: FILE
- City: FILE
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Olympics,Sport
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- Story Text:Olympic athlete Mo Farah and world number one tennis star Andy Murray have been knighted in Queen Elizabeth II's new year honours list.
The biannual honours list is released at the end of each calendar year and also on the Queen's official birthday in June.
It celebrates those who have made significant contributions to British life as well as providing public recognition for exceptional achievements or service.
Many British sporting stars of the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics were recognised including damehoods for athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill who retired after the games and rower Katherine Grainger, the first female Olympian to win five medals at five games.
Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in under four minutes in 1954 and already a knight, was made a Companion of Honour, one of the Queen's highest awards.
Queen Elizabeth honoured 1,197 people in total, most of them for charity and community service.
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