Nick Clegg is reportedly set to receive a knighthood in the upcoming New Year’s Honours list.
According to reports, the former Liberal Democrats leader will be knighted for his political and public service and his time as Deputy Prime Minister alongside David Cameron in the coalition government with the Conservatives from 2010 to 2015.
A Lib Dems party spokesperson has declined to “comment on any honours list speculation”, but the announcement is expected to be made on Saturday (December 30) when the full Honours list is revealed.
Other Lib Dems politicians that served in the coalition have previously been knighted, such as Vince Cable and Ed Davey.
The news has received mixed reactions online. One Twitter user wrote: “What has Nick Clegg done to benefit British society that is so deserving of a knighthood? He destroyed the Liberal Democrats by playing it safe, and turned the UK into a two party nation.”
However, another said: “Absolutely delighted that Nick Clegg is to receive a knighthood. A true public servant who always put country before party.”
The monarch’s annual recap of the year was broadcast on British television on Christmas Day (December 25), and saw her reflect on attacks in Manchester and London, and the devastation of the Grenfell Tower fire, as well as natural disasters abroad.
“This Christmas I think of London and Manchester, whose powerful identities shone through over the past 12 months in the face of appalling attacks,” she said. “In Manchester, those targeted included children who had gone to see their favourite singer.”
She then recalled visiting hospitals in Manchester after the attack, which took place as fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. The Queen said she describes those visits as a privilege “because the patients I met were an example to us all, showing extraordinary bravery and resilience.”