Sir Lewis Hamilton Given Knighthood In New Year Honours List

Stephanie Chase
·2-min read
Photo credit: Oli Scarff - Getty Images
Photo credit: Oli Scarff - Getty Images

From Men's Health

2020 couldn't end without the announcement of the Queen's Honours List, in a year when we've needed our spirits lifted the most.

Over 1,000 people have received some sort of award this year, with hundreds being recognised for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hierarchy goes: Companion of Honour, a Knight/Damehood, CBE (Commander of the Order of British Empire), OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) and then MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), and there are also British Empire Medals handed out too.

Some of the most famous faces to receive New Year's Honours this time around include Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, who has been knighted after winning his seventh title in November.

Photo credit: Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage - Getty Images

Hamilton has now equalled Michael Schumacher's title record and earlier this month he was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a second time.

Mercedes F1 Team Principal and CEO Toto Wolff said: "Lewis is one of the very greatest racing drivers of all time and the most successful British sportsperson of his era.

"Around the world, he has long been recognised for his sporting achievement; this year, he combined his excellence on the track with a powerful voice to fight discrimination. In every sense, he led the way in 2020.

"The news that he is to receive a knighthood shows that he is now receiving the recognition he has earned during a career of unparalleled success in motorsport. The UK can be very proud to have a champion and ambassador of the calibre of Sir Lewis Hamilton."

In a previous interview with Men's Health, 35-year-old Hamilton explained how a plant-based diet has helped him stay at his peak. "I was already at the top before changing my approach to food, but I was definitely struggling more and my energy was inconsistent. I had days when I felt strong and others when I was just sapped."

"When I switched to a plant-based diet, those highs and lows decreased significantly. I’ve also noticed positive effects on my sleep and on my health in general. The benefits keep coming, and I’ve honestly never felt better. I’m 35 now, and though theoretically, I should be less fit than before, I’m more mobile and in better shape than I was at 25."

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