LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday knighted musician Rod Stewart and awarded astronaut Tim Peake in her birthday honors to commemorate her 90th birthday, celebrated in the United Kingdom on Saturday with a parade in London.
The list also included other British celebrities such as cricketer Alastair Cook, retired soccer player Alan Shearer and actor Brian Blessed.
Stewart was knighted to honor his contribution to music, as during his career he has sold over 100 million CDs.
Peake, who has been on the International Space Station since December, became a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG), receiving recognition for his contribution to space and scientific research.
A spokesman for the British government said that the list is the “most diverse” since the Order of the British Empire was founded by King George V in 1917.
Women represented 47 percent of the list, while 8.7 percent belonged to ethnic minorities and 5.2 percent were people with disabilities.