Comedian Frank Skinner receives an MBE for his services to entertainment by Princess Anne following death of radio co-host Gareth Richards
Comedian Frank Skinner received royal honours during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.
The Comedian, 66, who co-wrote football anthem Three Lions for Euro 1996, was appointed an MBE by the Princess Royal, Anne, for his services to entertainment.
It has been a tough few weeks for Frank, who recently lost his radio co-host Gareth Richards after he died following a horrific car crash.
Frank, whose real name is Christopher Collins, said that upon receiving notice of his honour, he thought there may have been an ‘administrative error’.
‘I deal mainly in laughs and applause and they disappear into the air quite quickly.’
Amazing: Comedian Frank Skinner, 66, received royal honours during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday
Well done: The Comedian, who co-wrote football anthem Three Lions for Euro 1996, was appointed an MBE by the Princess Royal, Anne, for his services to entertainment
He added: ‘So getting a proper medal that you can hold on to and polish regularly feels it has given my career a sense of permanence that I like.’
His co-host Gareth, who starred on Absolute Radio with Frank – sustained serious brain injuries in a car accident, according to a statement from his wife Laura.
Richards died at 6.30pm on April 7 after being in hospital for two weeks, with his wife praising his ‘incredible’ doctors and nurses.
Scans revealed his injuries were so severe his supportive medications were removed.
It comes a week after Skinner, 66, broke down in tears on air as he told listeners Richards was in a coma and fighting for his life.
A tweet from Skinner’s show said that they were ‘heartbroken about the loss of our dear friend.’
Emily Dean, who co-hosted alongside Richards and Skinner when the Absolute Radio show first aired, called him: ‘my hilarious, unfailingly kind, gentle, beautiful friend.’ The trio hosted the show together for two years.
In a statement, Richards’ wife Laura said: ‘It is with great sadness that I have to share that Gareth passed away on Friday April 7 (Good Friday) at 6.30pm.’
Upsetting: It has been a tough few weeks for Frank, who recently lost his radio co-host Gareth Richards (pictured) after he died following a horrific car crash
Confession: Frank, whose real name is Christopher Collins, said that upon receiving notice of his honour, he thought there may have been an ‘administrative error’
Well done: He added: ‘So getting a proper medal that you can hold on to and polish regularly feels it has given my career a sense of permanence that I like’
She added: ‘He was in a terrible car accident on Monday March 27 at 11.30pm and sustained serious brain injuries. It was a miracle that he arrived at the hospital alive.
‘Since then, the doctors and nurses have been incredible and have kept him in a stable and sedated condition.
‘However, the latest scan revealed that the extent of the damage was so severe that they would have to remove all of the supportive medications and allow him to be at peace. The boys are bearing up well.’
It is believed Richards was injured in a serious accident between two cars and an HGV on the M25 near Heathrow Airport.
A man, thought to be Richards, was cut free from his vehicle by firefighters before being treated by the London Ambulance Service for head and chest injuries.
Elsewhere on Thursday, This Is England actor Stephen Graham was made an OBE for services to drama.
The Liverpudlian actor, who recently starred as Mr Wormwood in the Matilda The Musical film, and featured in BBC hit series Line Of Duty, dedicated the honour to his mother, who he announced on December 31 had passed away.
Dapper: Frank looked smart at the ceremony, wearing a tail coat and grey waistcoat with a light pink tie
Reward: Also being made MBEs at Buckingham Palace was Verity Naylor, director of operations for the British Paralympic Association
Graham shared on Twitter: ‘I feel so honoured and proud to share this with her. An OBE for both of us, mum.’
Also being made MBEs at Buckingham Palace were Verity Naylor, director of operations for the British Paralympic Association, and Georgina Harland, who was the first female chef de mission of the British Olympic Association for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Both women were included in the Queen’s 2022 Birthday Honours. Harland said she was ‘incredibly proud and humbled to be awarded an MBE for services to Olympic Sport’.
She added: ‘Forever grateful to everyone that has influenced and been a part of my sporting career and the unwavering support from family, friends and colleagues.’
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