New Years Honours: Quentin Blake knighted

11:00 29 December 2012

Quentin Blake has been knighted. File picture: Zak Hussein/PA Archive

Quentin Blake has been knighted. File picture: Zak Hussein/PA Archive

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Sidcup-born illustrator Quentin Blake has received a knighthood in the New Year Honours.

Blake is famous for working on Roald Dahl books including Matilda. Picture: Quentin BlakeBlake is famous for working on Roald Dahl books including Matilda. Picture: Quentin Blake

The artist, who is most famous for his collaboration with Roald Dahl, was interviewed by the Bexley Times to mark his 80th birthday last month.

Upon receiving his honour, he said: “It’s quite a nice birthday present.

“I haven’t quite got used to it yet, but I’m very pleased. I’ve already had an OBE and a CBE so it does prepare you for these things.”

He has published many books in his own right and his honour recognises his involvement in the House Of Illustration, a permanent museum and gallery for which he has pledged his entire archive.

It also marks his work in brightening the lives of people in hospitals by creating specially-commissioned artworks.

He said: “It is even more valuable to me because it is for things that aren’t finished - it relates to projects that are still ongoing.”

Also honoured from Sidcup were Frances Theresa Duffy, who works in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and was made an OBE for public service to the Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee along with Ashley Hugh Roberts, of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for services to the UK automotive industry.

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