Lady Elizabeth Bloomfield has been awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace.
Lady Bloomfield, married to the former head of Northern Ireland’s Civil Service, Sir Ken Bloomfield, received the honour for “services to the community in Northern Ireland.”
According to a previous account of her work from the Prison Service Trust (of which she was formerly a director), she has variously been on the Northern Ireland Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, a member of the Northern Ireland Sports Council and a governor of Bangor Central Integrated Primary School, among a string of other achievements.
She said at the time of the announcement of the award in the summer that she was “overjoyed, but totally shocked”.
She was among a raft of others receiving awards from the Queen, including Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson, who received a CBE.
The comic actor was presented with the honour during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony yesterday.
He first found fame as part of the satirical series Not The Nine O’Clock News, and later his lead role in the long-running Blackadder series made him a household name.
But another of his creations – the bumbling Mr Bean – created an international star out of the performer.
The show has been a massive worldwide hit and he appeared in character, playing a piano, during the Olympic opening ceremony.
Atkinson, who is married with two children, grew up in north-east England and went to Newcastle University before going on to Oxford.
During the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony, Anna Scher, founder and principal of a theatre school that bears her name, was awarded an MBE.
Over the decades her school, in Pentonville, north London, has produced household names such as Kathy Burke, Phil Daniels, and Gary and Martin Kemp.
Ms Scher, a former child actor turned educator, founded her after-school drama club in 1968 to provide acting opportunities for young people.
In that first week 70 pupils came, including future Birds Of A Feather stars Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson, and by 1975 she had 1,000 pupils and 5,000 on the waiting list.
She is also a passionate charity campaigner and has helped raise awareness of Save the Children, PLAN International and the National Children’s Bureau among many others.
Billionaire Sir Michael Moritz, chairman of venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, was knighted by the Queen for services to promoting British economic interests and philanthropic work.
He was educated at a comprehensive school in Cardiff and has lived in the US for many years.