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Doctor Who Oversaw Birth of Prince George Gets a Knighthood: Queen's Gynaecologist Delayed Retirement to Deliver Royal Baby

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That's Sir Doctor-Who-Made-Sure-the-Royal-Baby-Arrived-Safely, thank you very much.

Dr. Marcus Setchell, Queen Elizabeth II's longtime gynaecologist who delayed his own retirement in order to be there for the gestation—and then the healthy birth—of Kate Middleton and Prince William's first child, has been rewarded for his history of top-notch service to the crown with a knighthood.

The 70-year-old specialist is now a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and can be addressed as Sir Marcus.

Setchell oversaw Prince George's delivery with Dr. Alan Farthing, the royals' current surgeon-gynaecologist. Afterward, the elder doctor called the baby's birth the "pinnacle" of his career.

"It was a precious, unforgettable moment when I held the future king of England," Setchell told reporters after George's arrival.

PHOTOS: Prince George's christening album

Marcus Setchell, Alan Farthing Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images; Karwai Tang/Getty Images

Setchell also cared for Kate when she was admitted to the hospital early in her pregnancy with severe morning sickness.

Speaking of which, Caroline Cassells, longtime matron at King Edward VII's Hospital, where Kate was treated, also made the queen's list of honorees: She was named a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, or LVO.

Prince William, Prince George, Kate Middleton John Stillwell - WPA Pool /Getty Images

During his decades-long association with the royals, Setchell also headed up the team that cared for the queen's daughter-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex, when she suffered an ectopic pregnancy in 2001 and went into premature labor with daughter Louise in 2003. 

Also getting her due is Murder, She Wrote star Angela Lansbury, who has been named a dame along with fellow British actress Penelope Keith.

Classical singer and Dancing With the Stars finalist Katherine Jenkins and TV presenter-soap star Lynda Bellingham were named Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBEs).

For the first time, more women than men made the list this year. Lady power, indeed.

PHOTOS: Pics from the royal baby's first days

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