Oh my oh my. *The Queen's birthday list of honors includes Salman Rushdie* (made a knight) and Dame Edna** (made a CBE, foreigners can't be knighted).
Just sit back and watch the columnists now, dearies.
* Now married to a much younger and fourth wife Padma Lakshmi, an actress; no word in the BBC article of his second wife, the writer Marianne Wiggins.
** Now --as his legal self Barry Humphries-- married to his fourth wife, who happens to be Lizzie Spender, daughter of Stephen Spender, the poet.
Read about other honorees, from cricketeer Ian Botham to singer Joe Cocker, here.
And Ed notes in the Comments below that Emma Kirkby is among the honorees! * Silly BBC article, putting her way down in the paragraphs; and silly me, not noticing.* (In the interests of gender equity in dishing, all I can tell you is that Dame Emma was or perhaps still is married to lutenist Anthony Rooley; it's hard to keep up with personal drama in the arts world, so best to enjoy the artists' performances and leave it at that.)
Here ends the gossip. *We now return to our previously scheduled theology. *Not that there is always a difference.