Singer Tom Jones and entertainer Bruce Forsyth are among the big names from the world of entertainment who have been honoured.
Jones's knighthood, for services to music, is the culmination of a long list of honours he has received over a distinguished career. At the age of 65 he shows no signs of slowing down and his voice remains as resonant and powerful as ever.
Born in Pontypridd, he is one of the enduring singing sensations of his generation with a string of hits including What's New Pussycat, Help Yourself, Never Fall in Love Again and, more recently, Sex Bomb and Leave Your Hat On.
Forsyth, who is made a CBE, is the most versatile and skillful all-round entertainer of modern times. Even now, he sings, dances and cracks jokes with the energy and enthusiasm of a man half his age.
He was known primarily for his genial and often hilarious hosting of TV game shows, a genre he has dominated since first fronting The Generation Game in 1971 with his famous 'Nice to see you, to see you nice' catchphrase.
Roy Barraclough, who has had numerous stints in Coro-nation Street, is made an MBE. He is well-known for his double act with his best friend, the late Les Dawson (Cissie and Ada), a pair of ailing old Northern gossiping battleaxes, constantly heaving up their voluminous bosoms.
And there are MBEs for the veteran Beverley Sisters, Babette, Joy and Teddie, a close-harmony trio who were the first British girl group to break into the American top ten charts in 1956.
As well as breaking box-office records for more than a decade as Britain's highest paid female act, they achieved enormous recording hits, including Sisters , I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus and Drummer Boy.
Actress Imelda Staunton, who is made an OBE, has a wide repertoire, ranging from Shakespeare to musicals. In 2004, she delivered a career-defining performance in the title role of the Oscar-nominated drama Vera Drake.
John Dankworth, whose career in jazz - often alongside his wife singer Cleo Laine - stretches for more than 50 years, receives a knighthood.
Actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar, who gets an OBE, came to public attention when he starred in the ensemble comedy sketch show Goodness Gracious Me, which ran to three series on radio and TV and played to sell-out audiences on tour.
Singer and songwriter Eddi Reader, who is made an MBE, has been described as a performer with a voice "that skips and soars like birdsong".
The former singer with the band Fairground Attraction, Reader's Patience of Angels album won her the Brit award for best British female in February, 1995.
There is an MBE for Stanley Lewis, artist and illustrator, for services to art.