Big day for little Ronnie! Corbett delighted after receiving CBE from the Queen
At 5ft 1in tall, Ronnie Corbett was dwarfed by the Queen as he received his CBE today.
The 81-year-old star – best-known for his long-running partnership with the late Ronnie Barker – has been recognised for his services to entertainment and charity.
Standing in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace, Corbett opted for dogtooth trousers and a black tailcoat topped with a bright blue handkerchief.
The Queen presents Ronnie Corbett with his CBE medal during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace
During the ceremony he exchanged few
words with the Queen, but he revealed: 'She told me 'You make people
laugh'. I think she's remarkable for her age.'
Corbett, who lives in Shirley, Croydon, brought his two daughters
Emma and Sophie with him to share the occasion but unfortunately his wife, Anne Hart was unable to attend.
He said: 'I'm just sorry Anne couldn't
be with me. But it's a lovely day. It's a very lovely honour. I shall treasure it.'
Last month Anne,78, – who married Corbett 50 years ago – revealed that he passed out during a meal during a celebrating his CBE on New Year's Day. She described that he was 'absolutely delighted' with the accolade.
After falling unconscious he was rushed to Croydon University Hospital before being transferred to Shirley Oaks private hospital. Following a number of tests he was discharged two days later.
Corbett, pictured with his CBE, first became an entertainer after service with the RAF
The comedian’s wife said he had been
taking a ‘considerable amount of medication’ following a recent knee
operation and believes the drugs contributed to his collapse.
Describing the incident Corbett said: 'I collapsed because of low blood pressure. It was one of those rare accidents.
'You take so many tablets these days.'
Today Mr Corbett, who first became an
entertainer after service with the RAF, said he liked to think his
former co-star, the late Ronnie Barker, was looking down on him.
But it's a lovely day. It's a very lovely honour. I shall treasure it.
first worked with Barker – who died in 2005 – on The Frost Report, in
which they appeared alongside John Cleese in the famous 'class' sketch
played on the height of the 'upper class' Cleese compared with “middle
class” Barker and ended with the diminutive Corbett's punchline: 'I know
Barker were later given their own show, The Two Ronnies, which ran from
1971 to 1987, and featuring Corbett's monologues, delivered from a
comfortable easy chair and featuring references to 'the producer'.
Over recent years Edinburgh-born
Corbett, has carried out a considerable amount of out charity work for
organisations such as the RNLI and Comic Relief.
He has already received an OBE, in 1978.
Corbett said he liked to think his former co-star, the late Ronnie Barker, was looking down on him
Long-running partnerships: Ronnie Corbeet and Ronnie Barker on the set of the Two Ronnies in 1999 (left) and Ronnie with his wife of fifty years Anne (right)
Others to be recognised were Christopher Preddie, the cousin of Ricky and Danny Preddie who were convicted of killing schoolboy Damilola Taylor.
The 24-year-old was made an OBE for services to young people in London, after spearheading a community campaign to tackle knife and gun crime,
The Londoner said the Queen had given him encouragement for his work, adding: 'I just want to keep people off the streets, and she said that was really good. It's fantastic to have recognition for what you do, especially when it's from the Queen.'
During the ceremony, which was watched by his mother in the audience, the Queen told him: 'Continue the work you're doing.'
I don't see it as an individual award but for the Apache helicopter force as a whole, who do an amazing job every day…
Mr Preddie accepted there had been controversy over his OBE, with Damilola's father Richard Taylor saying he should not have been given the honour.
But he said: 'I feel like everyone's entitled to their own opinions. I can only justify my own actions. I just want to carry on the positive work I'm doing.
'I'm from north London, I'm an Arsenal boy, and now I'm here at Buckingham Palace. It's such an honour.'
Meanwhile golfer Lee Westwood said he
hoped receiving his OBE would help spur him on to win his first major
tournament this year.
38-year-old, from Worksop, Nottinghamshire, who was world number one
for a five-week spell last year, said he had his eyes set on the U.S.
Masters in April.
I'll win it,' he said. 'I think this year could be it. I'm certainly
playing well enough and getting my game together.
'I've been working hard and putting in a lot of preparation, so hopefully all that will click into place.'
Christopher Preddie was made an OBE for services to young people in London
Lee Westwood in action prior to the start of The Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (left) and today at Buckingham Palace being presented with his OBE from the Queen (right)
Captain Steven Jones after he received his Air Force Cross medal
Westwood, who has recently returned from three weeks of tournaments in the Middle East and is about to travel to the US, said: 'The Queen spoke to me about travelling, where I've been recently and where I'm going. I'm sure I don't do as much travelling as she does though.
'I've played golf with Prince Andrew before, so perhaps the Queen has an interest – I would have preferred to speak to her about horseracing though, but I didn't have the chance.'
He said of the honour: 'It's amazing really. I can't quite believe it.
'You don't imagine, when you start playing the sport you love, that you will end up receiving an award for it. It's amazing really.'
Captain Steven Jones of the Army Air Corps received the Air Force Cross for piloting his Apache helicopter to help rescue wounded soldiers in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
The pilot, who was honoured after shepherding a Chinook helicopter to safety using the superior sensors of the Apache in very poor visibility, said: 'It is a great privilege to be awarded the Air Force Cross today, especially when working alongside so many amazing, professional people. It was quite a surprise.
'I don't see it as an individual award but for the Apache helicopter force as a whole, who do an amazing job every day.'
The citation for his award said that without Capt Jones's help, the casualty could not have been transported in the Chinook and 'would have lost his sight'.
Awards were also given to Lance Corporal Sebastian Wyton-De Lisle of the Royal Signals, who received the Queen's Gallantry Medal, and Lance Corporal John Watson of the Royal Marines and Major Daniel Reeve of The Rifles, who both received the Military Cross for services in Afghanistan.