The Queen's Birthday Honours list has been announced in the UK. Almost 1,000 people were recognised in the awards, with over 60 per cent of recipients being honoured for voluntary services. Announcing the honours, Downing Street said that the awards were intended to recognise outstanding work at the 'sharp end'. Among the recipients were headteachers, a hospital cleaner, a railway platform assistant and a forest warden. The Honours list also included citations for services to the cheese industry in Wales, to the arts of lacemaking and clockmaking, and for bat conservation in Cornwall. Stars of sport, dramatic arts and broadcasting were also recognised, with the highest honour going to actress Dame Judi Dench who was appointed a Companion of Honour in recognition of her 48 year career.