Stormont’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride is to receive a knighthood for his services to public health.
He’s one of the most high-profile names in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List.
Other figures from healthcare, business, sport and the community in Northern Ireland feature among the 90 names on this year’s list.
NI Attorney General Brenda King, is to be conferred a Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath (DCB).
She said it was a “very proud day” for her and her family.
“Whilst this is a great personal honour, it also reflects on the quality and commitment of those colleagues I have worked with over the years, in particular from the Office of the Legislative Counsel in Northern Ireland.”
Dr McBride, who was appointed in 2006, has been a key adviser to the NI Executive throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 58-year-old said he shed tears of joy when he was told about the knighthood.
“I’m not ashamed to say that, I felt very emotional,” he said.
I think it’s just a manifestation of the fact that it’s been a tough year for each and every one of us.
“And you know it will continue to be tough in the months ahead and to have any contribution that I have made recognised in this way I feel honoured and I feel very, very privileged indeed.”
Health Minister Robin Swann tweeted his congratulations to Dr McBride, saying the recognition was “well deserved”.