But there was also recognition for the people who made the Games such a success, from Lord Coe, who becomes a Companion of Honour
(CH), to Jean Tomlin, who was in charge of the Games Maker programme and gets an OBE.
There are honours for stars like the actor Sir Ian McKellen, who becomes a Companion of Honour
, Julie Walters and Leslie Phillips.
2005: Actress Judi Dench was made a Companion of Honour
by the Queen.
The only other national honour - apart from those in the personal gift of the Queen - should be the Companion of Honour
Playwright Harold Pinter becomes a Companion of Honour
Prof Higgs, made a Companion of Honour
in the New Year Honours list, said it is a pleasure to be jointly awarded the 25th Edinburgh Medal.
Which Irish-born ballerina was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1951 and a Companion of Honour
During his visit, the actor, who was knighted in 1991 and made a Companion of Honour
last year for services to drama and equality, will help teach two GCSE lessons - an RE moral issues class and a personal, social and health education Year 11 lesson.
He was knighted two years later and made a Companion of Honour
Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench, one of Britain's best-loved actresses, becomes a Companion of Honour
Playwright Harold Pinter is made a Companion of Honour
, while Sue MacGregor, who used to present Radio 4's Today programme, is awarded a CBE.
Other stars of the screen and stage to be honoured include Paul Scofield, aged 78, one of the greatest Shakespearean actor of his generation, who becomes a Companion of Honour