New Year Honours: Kate Bush Heads Arts Field

New Year Honours: Kate Bush Heads Arts Field

Figures from the worlds of music, the sciences and the arts were among those to receive recognition in the New Year Honours.

Illustrator Quentin Blake, best-known for his work in Roald Dahl's children's books, has been awarded a knighthood.

Artist Tracey Emin, choreographer Arlene Phillips and singer-songwriter Kate Bush have all been given CBEs in the list.

Bush said she is "deeply honoured", while former Strictly Come Dancing judge Phillips said: "I am very pleasantly surprised but mostly absolutely thrilled and delighted to receive such a wonderful honour."

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife, Cherie, is given a CBE in recognition of her service to women's issues and to charity in the UK and overseas.

Actor Ewan McGregor - star of Trainspotting - and fashion designer Stella McCartney both get OBEs.

And Professor Peter Higgs, namesake of the Higgs boson or so-called "God particle" - which was finally proved to exist in July - has been awarded a Companion of Honour 48 years after his discovery.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has been awarded a knighthood, while MI5 head Jonathan Evans is made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.

Captain Raymond "Jerry" Roberts - one of the four founder members of Bletchley Park's Testery section tasked with breaking the German top-level code Tunny - has been recognised with an MBE.