TENNIS star Emma Raducanu is set to become the youngest ever MBE recipient as the US Open winner caps a remarkable year.
She’ll be joining other sporting giants with an MBE in the New Year Honours list.
Raducanu beat Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final in September this year – mere months after taking her A-levels.
And last week, Raducanu was named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Gareth Southgate’s England football heroes following their stellar Euro 2020 campaign are among those to receive the coveted title.
This year, the team stormed into the Euro 2020 final at Wembley but lost to Italy in gut-wrenching penalty shoot-outs.
A Whitehall insider told The Mirror – which broke the story: “In a year marred by Covid, these sporting heroes gave us a reason to be cheerful.
“It’s right that they are rewarded for their remarkable success.”
It’s understood Sir Patrick Vallance and Prof Chris Whitty will also be up for the gong.
Sir Patrick – who was knighted in 2019 for services to open clinical science – and Prof Whitty are recognized for their efforts during the pandemic.
Mel B is expected to receive an MBE thanks to her services to domestic violence victims.
The Spice Girl has opened up about her own experience of abuse and has lobbied the government to provide better support for domestic violence victims.
She also appeared in a music video called Love Should Not Hurt, in which she portrayed a domestic violence victim.
The insider said: “Mel has spoken about her problems and used that to help others. She fully deserves the accolade.”
Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway is also expected to receive the award in recognition of her 32 years in broadcasting and is tipped to receive an MBE or CBE.