LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has used her delayed birthday honours list to celebrate the selfless work of people — some more famous than others — in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to honouring the work of doctors and nurses, the queen handed awards late Friday to delivery drivers, fundraisers and volunteers.
In total, 1,495 honours make up this year’s list, with health and social care workers making up 14 per cent. The list is also the most diverse ever, with 13 per cent of recipients from a minority ethnic background.
Felicia Kwaku, 52, was awarded an OBE for her services to nursing during the pandemic, making her an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
She said it is “timely and appropriate” that people from ethnic backgrounds are being recognised for their efforts during what is Black History Month in the UK.