01:22AM, Saturday 31 December 2011
A Windsor based-journalist has been recognised by the Queen in the New Years Honours list.
Sky News special correspondent Alex Crawford was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to broadcast journalism.
The 49-year-old, who has a family home in Windsor, has worked for Sky since the channel launched in 1989.
She has won the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year award three times and became a household name when she broadcast live from Green Square during the Libyan uprising.
During her career, the mother-of-four has reported from war torn countries across the globe and has been arrested, detained, interrogated as well as faced live bullets, tear-gassing, rubber bullets, IEDs, and mortar shells.
She said: "I am staggered and honoured and can't quite believe this is not a prank thought up by one of my more mischievous colleagues.
"TV news is never about just one person. Behind me and beside me are our fellow reporters, producers, camera crews, editors and directors. It's a genuine team effort and this fantastic accolade is for all of us."
Two Windsor Castle employees have been recognised for their distinguished service to the Royal family. Steven Davidson, horological conservator at the castle received the Royal Victorian Order and Graham Stone, a horticulturist on the crown estates, was given the Royal Victorian Medal.
Other notable recipients in the honours list include Sunninghill's Adrian Newey, chief technical officer at Formula One team Red Bull, who was recognised with an OBE for services to Motorsport and former director of music at Eton College Ralph Allwood who was also recognised with an MBE for services to choral music.
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