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Also receiving an OBE was Jimmy Carlson, a former soldier who spent 23 years sleeping on the streets before becoming an advocate for the homeless. The same honor went to Armando Iannucci, the writer and producer behind expletive-laden British political satire “The Thick of It” and White House comedy “Veep.”

“I just hope it’s not an attempt by the government to stop me, because that’s not going to happen,” he said.

Among the hundreds of others honored was Margaret Jackson, who received an MBE “for services to netball” and Kerry Michael and Michelle Michael, awarded the same honor “for services to the restoration of Weston Super Mare’s pier.”