The Former Wales scrumhalf Gareth Edwards has been knighted and English cricket's leading test wicket-taker James Anderson has been given the OBE in the Queen's summer honours.
The former English rugby player Johnny Wilkinson was also honoured, made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Edwards, 67, won 53 caps for Wales from 1967-1978, 13 as captain, and played 10 times for the British & Irish Lions on their victorious tours of New Zealand in 1971 and South Africa in 1974.
Anderson, 32, became England's leading test wicket taker this year, surpassing Ian Botham's record of 383 victims.
He claimed his 400th wicket in the recent series against New Zealand and is still England's leading fast bowler ahead of this summer's Ashes series against Australia.
"This means an enormous amount to me and my family," Anderson said.
Wilkinson had already been awarded an OBE in 2008.
Since retiring at the end of the 2013-14 season, Wilkinson has taken on a role as an ambassador for a schools programme with the England rugby union.