Cave diving heroes, Monty Python star included in Queen's Honours List

British divers who rescued young soccer players trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand are among those being recognized in Britain's New Year's Honours List, along with 1960s model Twiggy and Monty Python star Michael Palin.

Twiggy, a model who shot to stardom during the Beatles era, will become a Dame - the female equivalent of a knight - while Python, whose second career has seen him become an acclaimed travel documentary maker, receives a knighthood.

Jim Carter, who played the acerbic Mr Carson in Downton Abbey is also recognized, as is filmmaker Christopher Nolan, director of Inception and Dunkirk, and best-selling author Philip Pullman, creator of the Dark Materials trilogy.

The list released today also names 43 people who responded to extremist attacks in Manchester and London in 2017.

Filming of the British comedy film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" at the old castle of Dounne in Scotland. The crew dressed as medieval knights during shooting of the film which is based on King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. Pictured are Michael Palin as Sir Galahad and Carol Cleveland who played Zoot and Dingo. 10th May 1974. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
Michael Palin dresses as a medieval knight during shooting of Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1974. Source: Getty

John Volanthen told media divers were just doing their job as he touched down at Heathrow airport. Source: Breakfast