LONDON (Reuters) – The British government accidentally published online the home and work addresses of more than 1,000 New Year’s Honors recipients including singer Sir Elton John, the BBC reported on Saturday.
FILE PHOTO: Olivia Newton-John performs before the 85th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in Los Angeles,California,U.S. November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil McCarten/File Photo
The version of the New Year Honors 2020 list which contained the addresses was taken down from the website “as soon as possible”, and the Cabinet Office apologized to those affected, the BBC cited a government spokesman as saying.
Representatives of the Cabinet Office could not immediately be reached for comment.
Britain has recognized its film-directing and cricketing stars in the New Year’s honors list, with a damehood for Olivia Newton-John and knighthoods for Sam Mendes, Steve McQueen and cricketer Clive Lloyd.
Honors also go to Ashes hero Ben Stokes, his captain Joe Root and footballer Jill Scott.
Elton John, who was knighted in 1998, becomes a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honor for services to music.
British-born Australian singer and actress Newton-John, 71, is probably best-known for the 1978 musical “Grease” in which she sang the duet “You’re the One that I Want” with John Travolta which became one of the world’s best-selling singles.
Mendes, 54, directed the “Skyfall” and “Specter” James Bond movies while McQueen, 50, won the 2014 Best Picture Oscar for his film “12 Years a Slave.” He becomes a Knight Bachelor, awarded by the Foreign Office in recognition of outstanding service to Britain internationally and overseas.
Lloyd, 75, was a middle-order batsman and captain of the West Indies between 1974 and 1985 at a time when the team reached the peak of its powers.
CBEs – Commander of the Order of the British Empire – go to “Butterflies” and “Not in front of the Children” sitcom actress Wendy Craig, 85; England limited-over cricket captain Eoin Morgan, 33, and broadcaster Annie Nightingale, 79.
OBEs – Order of the British Empire – are awarded to Australian Trevor Bayliss, 57, the former England cricket head coach; wine writer Oz Clarke, 80; Welsh taekwondo world champion Jade Jones; Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody and racing-horse trainer Paul Nicholls, 57.
OBEs also go to broadcaster June Sarpong, 42; food writer Nigel Slater and to Stokes, 28, who was man of the match as England won the cricket World Cup for the first time this year and hit an unbeaten 135 in his side’s epic third Ashes Test triumph against Australia.
MBEs – Members of the Order of the British Empire – go to Root, 28, who was made England cricket captain in 2017; England and Manchester City women’s team midfielder Scott, 32; TV chef Ainsley Harriott, 62, and fashion expert Gok Wan, 45.
The New Year’s honors have been awarded since Queen Victoria’s reign in the 19th century and aim to recognize not just well-known figures but those who have contributed to national life through often selfless and unsung contributions over many years.
The twice-yearly honors list is released on the Queen’s official birthday in June and at the end of each year. The list, along with a guide to the various awards, is published by the Cabinet Office and can be seen at www.gov.uk/honours/honours-lists.
Reporting by Stephen Addison; additional reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Andy Bruce and Hugh Lawson