Seven time Formula One racing champion Lewis Hamilton now has a new accolade to add to his list…and name; that of Sir after being named in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s year end list of honours to citizens of the Commonwealth.

The Honours list, issued twice a year – once for the New Year and again for Her Majesty’s birthday, recognizes performers, politicians, sports figures, and other notable citizens for their contributions to their field and the Commonwealth.  Awards include Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), and Knight/Dame.

With his seventh championship, Hamilton ties retired German driver Michael Schumacher for the record.  American NASCAR drivers Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr, and Jimmie Johnson also have earned seven racing championships.

Hamilton used his championship status to champion causes against racism this past season.


Other notable Queen’s List honourees include comedic actress Sheila Hancock was knighted and carries the title of Dame.
Influential makeup artist Pat McGrath was also knighted with the title of Dame.
Academy Award winning cinematographer Roger Deakins was knighted.
Actress Lesley Manville was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Florence Nightingale Foundation chief executive Greta Westwood was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Actor Toby Jones was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Writer Jed Mercurio was award with the Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Footballers Jimmy Greaves and Ron Flowers each received the Member of the Order of the British Empire.
The list also honoured numerous Britons who made significant contributions during the global pandemic.