British honour for UK royal birth doctor, but Beckham and Murray snubbed
Published on Dec 31, 2013 6:41 AM
LONDON (AFP) - The gynaecologist who assisted at the birth of the third-in-line to the British throne Prince George has been recognised by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year Honours List released on Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013.
Dr Marcus Setchell, 70, who delayed his retirement to assist at the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate's baby in July, was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order - an honour in the personal gift of the Queen.
The twice-yearly list of the great and the good - issued at the New Year and on the Queen's birthday - recognises those who have succeeded in their personal field, or those who have contributed to their community.
But tennis star Andy Murray, Britain's first Wimbledon men's singles champion for 77 years, and footballer and global celebrity David Beckham were two surprising omissions from the list.
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