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Christian Horner honored by the Queen

Jun 15, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

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Christian Horner has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to motorsport as part of her birthday celebrations.

A list of names is released twice per year by Buckingham Palace honoring many for their services to Great Britain, and Horner has received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his work with Red Bull over the past eight years.

“I’m naturally shocked,” Horner told Reuters. “It’s all a bit unexpected, incredible really.

“To be in the company of men and women who have achieved such great things for the country is something very, very special.¬†This is right up there with what I have achieved in motorsport.”

Horner, 39, has been involved in motorsport from an early age, moving into management after his racing career failed to take off. He became Red Bull’s team principal for their debut season in 2005, and has since taken them from midfield¬†mediocrity to three back-to-back drivers’ and constructors’ world championships.

You can find a complete list of the Queen’s birthday honors here.

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