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

Zak Hussein/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn has revealed Sinead Tinker worries her injuries will put too much pressure on boyfriend Chesney Brown.

Read more

Brenda Blethyn has said she likes getting in touch with her audience of the future through Henry Hugglemonster.

Read more

New Girl star Jake Johnson admitted that his new film Digging For Fire is based on his own life.

Read more

Promoted content

Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea

London Hilton on Park Lane is inviting couples to celebrate this Valentines Day over a deliciously romantic afternoon tea at Podium Restaurant and Bar. Taking inspiration from the highly popular Confessions of a Chocoholic Afternoon Tea, London Hilton on Park Lane presents the ultimate romantic afternoon out with its Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea.

Established in 1987, Tucci is one of the North's premier stores for branded clothing, footwear and accessories.

Save up to 70% on designer brands for Men and Women, including G-Star, Diesel, French Connection, Firetrap and many more….our sale is now on.

Nothing says

iWOOT has a great selection of quirky Valentine’s Day gifts for every possible person and partner.

People thought the Deputy Prime Minister was pretty funny actually.

Brothers: The David Haines Story, will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland at 10.30am on Sunday.

Over £30,000 has been raised in a couple of days for a mugging victim, despite the goal only being set at £500.

Quirky London