Bonnie Tyler and Pauline Quirke among stars receiving honours at Windsor Castle

Bonnie Tyler and Pauline Quirke among stars receiving honours at Windsor Castle

Singer Bonnie Tyler and Birds Of A Feather star Pauline Quirke have received MBEs from the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle for their work towards their sensational careers.

Bonnie, 71, who is best known for her 1983 smash hit Total Eclipse Of The Heart, said receiving an MBE for her services to music showed that “anyone from any background can become a success”.

Receiving the honour for a career spanning five decades, the Holding Out for a Hero hitmaker added: “I’m just a girl from a small town in Wales who just loves to sing.

"So to be recognised for that in this way is very significant to me and my family and friends.”

The Welsh singer was given her honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list last year alongside Pauline, who is known for her role as Sharon Theodopolopodous on the hit comedy Birds Of A Feather.

Actress Pauline, 63, starred on the show alongside Loose Women presenter Linda Robson from 1988 to 1999, and in a revival from 2014-2017.

Pauline, Linda, and Lesley Joseph's friendship reportedly hit breaking point in 2019 when Pauline refused to return to film a 30th anniversary special episode of the show, which moved to ITV in 2014.

A source told the Mail On Sunday: "Pauline wasn't approached about the Christmas special. The atmosphere on the set had previously become difficult, there were real and tense issues."

She is also known for appearances in Emmerdale from 2010 to 2012, and in the crime drama Broadchurch – featuring stars David Tennant, Jodie Whittaker and Olivia Coleman.

Pauline has since stepped back from acting to expand her performing arts school, the Pauline Quirke Academy, which was established in 2007, and was awarded her MBE for services to young people, entertainment and charity.

Ireland’s most capped international, Shirley McCay, will also receive an MBE for services to hockey and to the community in Northern Ireland.

Shirley, 34, played in defence for the Ireland women’s field hockey international team more than 300 times and said receiving an MBE was “completely unexpected but very special”.

The hockey player played a key part in representing both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland on the Irish team at the 2018 Hockey World Cup, where Ireland finished second.

Former president of the Royal College of Physicians Sir Andrew Goddard will receive his knighthood for services to health and social care.

Sir Andrew, 55, who held the position of president from 2018-2022, said he was “completely humbled” by the award of a knighthood when it was announced in the honours list last year.

The gastroenterologist said: “I do, though, see it as a recognition of all the physician workforce did in response to the pandemic and the issues it highlighted, including health inequality and workforce shortages.

“The pandemic brought out the best in physicians and I have never been prouder to be one.”


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