England forward Marcus Rashford has become a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
The footballer, 22, campaigned for the government to allow about 1.3 million children to claim free school meal vouchers in England’s summer holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic, the BBC reports.
Rashford, who has asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson to extend that scheme, said the MBE was a “nice moment.”
Great North Run founder Brendan Foster has received a knighthood.
A Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion, Foster competed at three Olympics for Great Britain before beginning a commentary career in 1980.
He founded the Great North Run – the United Kingdom’s biggest running event in terms of participation – the following year, and went on to cover nine summer Olympic Games for the BBC, retiring from commentary in 2017.
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In rugby union, former Wales head coach, Warren Gatland and Gareth Thomas – who played for the country in both union and league – have become Commanders of the British Empire (CBEs), while Alun Wyn Jones, the team’s current captain, has been appointed an Officer of the British Empire (OBE).
Three-time British Olympic curler Eve Muirhead, of Scotland, has become an MBE, along with England’s 12-time women’s world snooker champion Reanne Evans and former England cricketer Darren Gough.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours list was originally scheduled to be published in June, but it was postponed by the prime minister to allow nominations of people who played crucial roles during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic.