Queen‘s Roger Taylor has been made an OBE within the New Yr Honours checklist.

The checklist, which was drawn up and authorised throughout Theresa Could’s premiership, rewards a lineup of well-known figures from the worlds of artwork and sport. However the overwhelming majority (72%) of the 1,097 to be recognised had been individuals who work of their communities.

Taylor, greatest often known as the drummer of Queen, has campaigned for the notice of Aids, launched a musical that includes Queen’s best hits and is among the few dwelling individuals to look on a Royal Mail stamp.


The 70-year-old multi-instrumentalist, born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, performed drums in Smile, the precursor to Queen based by Brian May, and helped write Queen’s primary songs ‘These Are The Days Of Our Lives’, ‘Innuendo’ and ‘Underneath Strain’, in addition to contributing to main hits similar to ‘Radio Ga Ga’ and ‘A Type Of Magic’.

In 1970, the identical 12 months Smile revamped as Queen, Taylor turned down the possibility to turn out to be drummer for Genesis, permitting Phil Collins to hitch as an alternative.
He was the primary Queen member to go solo along with his 1977 music ‘I Wanna Testify’, earlier than releasing a string of albums.

Queen. CREDIT: Koh Hasebe/Shinko Music/Getty Pictures

Inflicting controversy in 1999, Taylor can also be one of many few dwelling individuals to look on a Royal Mail stamp. He was seen enjoying drums behind frontman Freddie Mercury in a picture of the pair on stage, which was issued as a part of a Nice Britons collection.

At that time it was understood that solely members of the Royal Household had been allowed to look on stamps whereas nonetheless dwelling.

Following Mercury’s demise in 1991 of bronchial pneumonia ensuing from Aids, on the age of 45, Taylor started to advertise consciousness of the illness worldwide.


In 2019 it was introduced that he would assist oversee the newly established Music Walk Of Fame in London’s Camden City.

Queen had been famously depicted in final 12 months’s Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, which set cinema box office records.

In the meantime, Queen have launched a new app which allows fans to sing like Freddie Mercury.

The app entitled FreddieMeter, exhibits customers how carefully their voice matches the late singer’s legendary vary by analysing pitch, timbre, and melody to assign them a rating of zero to 100.

Followers can decide considered one of 4 songs on the app – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Don’t Cease Me Now’, ‘Any person to Love’ or ‘We Are the Champions’ – and problem mates.