Dame Vera Lynn, 99, is also made a Companion of Honour
, and she and Lord Smith join the likes of Sir David Attenborough, Dame Maggie Smith and Stephen Hawking.
William presided over the investiture, knighting Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson and making former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell a Companion of Honour
He was also made a Companion of Honour
in the New Year Honours list.
Away from sport, the Companion of Honour
went to Professor Peter Higgs, namesake of the Higgs boson or so-called "God particle", which was finally proved to exist in July, 48 years after he first proposed it.
Actor Sir Ian McKellen becomes a Companion of Honour
, while Julie Walters is given a CBE.
He was knighted two years later and made a Companion of Honour
Knight Bachelor Companion of Honour
(CH) Proposed new system Companion of Honour
A renowned cheese judge, the RWAS named a cheese award after her, and last year Eurwen even won over the French - she was made a "Companion of Honour
" by the Guilde de Fromagers.
There was honours joy for Dame Maggie Smith, who joins the elite group to be awarded a Companion of Honour
The professor, who has retired from Edinburgh University, was made a Companion of Honour
in the New Year Honours list and the Higgs Prize was set up by the Scottish Government to recognise school pupils who excel in physics.
Unless the promised longer term benefits to the whole nation are achieved, instead of being made a Companion of Honour
, it would be more appropriate for the Chair of London 2012's organising committee to be renamed Lord Con!
Illustrator QUENTIN BLAKE, famous for his images in the books of Roald Dahl, has been knighted while PROFESSOR PETER HIGGS, the namesake of the Higgs boson, or so-called "God particle", has been made a Companion of Honour