Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford and fitness coach Joe Wicks will also be rewarded with awards for their efforts during the pandemic. They will become members of the Order of the British Empire.

Chef Mary Berry, TV presenter, and actress Maureen Lipman will receive the title of Dame, and actor David Suchet and presenter Tommy Steele will become Knights, writes

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and journalist Brian Cox will receive the title of Commander.

The list of personalities that the British monarch decorates on his birthday is usually revealed in June, when the anniversary is celebrated, but this year the announcement was postponed because those who played a crucial role in fighting the epidemic of Covid-19 can be added.

More science, health and pharmaceutical experts will also be rewarded for their efforts this year.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the decorations this year were “a testament to our nation – caring, compassionate and steadfast in the face of the pandemic.”

“The hard work and dedication of these often unnamed local heroes has helped us move forward,” he said.

Among the writers are Bernardine Evaristo, a Booker Prize winner who will receive the title of Officer, and Susan Hill, known for “The Woman in Black”, who will become Dame.

This year’s list of honors is the most diverse of all time.

Of the 1,495 beneficiaries, 13% are representatives of several ethnic minorities, and 6% are people with disabilities. The list includes 740 women, which represents 49% of the total, 2% less than those included in the list of personalities decorated for the New Year.

Rapper Dizzee Rascal and singer Little Paris will be members of the Order of the Empire, while composer Joan Armatrading and actor Adrian Lester will become Commanders.

From the fashion world, designer Paul Smith, who was decorated with the Knight insignia in 2000, will now receive the prestigious Order of Honor Companion. This distinction is limited to 65 people, and the list already includes Sir Elton John, JK Rowling and Sir Paul McCartney.