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In the business world, British Airways Chairman Martin Broughton was named a knight, despite a difficult year for the airline that saw customers inconvenienced in the thousands by a series of cabin crew strikes, the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud and the snow-induced closure of Heathrow Airport.

Mr. Broughton set off a flap about aviation security in October when he accused the U.S. of demanding “completely redundant” security checks at airports, such as removing shoes and separate examinations of laptop computers.

Roger Carr, chairman of energy company Centrica PLC, also was made a knight. Mr. Carr stepped down as chairman of Cadbury PLC earlier this year after the chocolate maker’s hostile takeover by U.S. food conglomerate Kraft Inc.