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Donald awarded MBE

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World No. 1 Luke Donald has received some comfort following a disappointing US Open after learning he has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Former England defender Paul Elliot has been awarded a CBE for services to equality and diversity in football, while ex-England goalkeeper David James and Welsh rugby international Shane Williams both receive MBEs.

Donald, who has spent 48 weeks at the top of the world rankings since reaching the summit in May last year, was the first man to top the money lists on both the European and PGA Tours last season.

"I am truly honoured to be awarded an MBE by Her Majesty - particularly in her Jubilee year," Donald said. "Both 2011 and 2012 have been very significant years for me, both personally and professionally, and I am touched that my accomplishments have been recognised in this way."

However, like former world No. 1 Lee Westwood, who was awarded an MBE 12 months ago, Donald remains without a major, and the wait continues after he missed the cut at Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Tessa Jowell, the former Olympics minister who was central to London's bid to host the 2012 Olympics is to be made a Dame, while Britain's top showjumper Nick Skelton is awarded an OBE after 33 years in the sport.

There were also OBEs for veteran athletics coach Malcolm Arnold, UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner and Albert Woods, vice-chairman of the British Olympic Association since 1999.

Archer Alison Williamson, who is set to compete in her sixth Olympics this summer becomes an MBE for services to archery.

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