According to our friends at the Palace: "Foreign citizens occasionally receive honorary knighthoods; they are not dubbed, and they do not use the style 'Sir'. The FCO stated that Gates "has been awarded an honorary Knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen.
Besides, do you have to be born in the UK to be knighted?
Sort of. Notable non-Brits are only eligible for honorary knighthood, meaning they aren't allowed to add “Sir” or "Dame" to their names. They do, however get to append the suffix “KBE” to their monikers if they so desire. Bono, Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, and Michael Bloomberg are all technically “KBEs.”
Americans who are not also citizens of a country of which the Queen is head if state may receive honorary British knighthoods and damehoods. This entitles them to append the honor to their name, but not to use the title Sir or Dame. For example, Bill Gates can describe himself as Bill Gates KBE but not as Sir Bill.
Knighthood for Microsoft's Gates. The king of computer software Bill Gates has received an honorary knighthood from the Queen. Mr Gates, 48, the world's wealthiest man, said it was "a great honour" to be recognised for his business skills and for his work on poverty reduction.
Notable non-Brits are only eligible for honorary knighthood, meaning they aren't allowed to add “Sir” or "Dame" to their names. They do, however get to append the suffix “KBE” to their monikers if they so desire. Bono, Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, and Michael Bloomberg are all technically “KBEs.”
and only the Knight Grand Cross and Knight Commander classes are knighthoods. CBE, such as Stephen Hawking, is not a knighthood. In 2008, Hawking revealed that he had been approached with the offer of a knighthood in the late 1990s and declined. This was apparently over the UK government's handling of science funding.
The British rock star Elton John has been knighted by the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Elton Hercules John became Sir Elton for his services to British pop music and his work in raising money for Aids charities. After his investiture, he said "They don't come much bigger than this."
Bill Gates, the billionaire chairman of Microsoft, received an honorary knighthood today for his charitable work and his achievement in creating the world's most successful software company.
In times of war, a squire who had demonstrated exceptional bravery in battle could be knighted on the battlefield by another knight. With knighthood came several privileges. Knights obtained the title "sir."
Unlike other foreign citizens, citizens of Commonwealth realms appointed knight or dame of a British order are entitled to use the titles "Sir" or "Dame", and use the relevant post nominal. The UK government does not recognize Australian knighthoods as giving entitlement to use these titles in the UK, however.
Because in US African American musical circles adding personal honorifics such as “Count”, “Duke”, “Sir”, “Lord” to your name is not uncommon or considered bad form. Thus Logic (note it's a name so the initial letter is capitalized) was named Sir Robert Bryson Hall II by his mother.
10 Famous People Who Turned Down a Knighthood
- David Bowie. A few rock stars have been knighted, including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Sir Mick Jagger – much to the anger of his fellow Rolling Stone, Keith Richards, who felt that Jagger should have declined …
- Vanessa Redgrave.
- Alfred Deakin.
- Robert Morley.
- Aldous Huxley.
- Doris Lessing.
- Henry Moore.
- Derwent Hall Caine.
- Michael Caine.
- Lewis Casson.
- Charlie Chaplin.
- John Clements (actor)
- Sean Connery.
- Billy Connolly.
- Tom Courtenay.
For recognised meritorious service to the community a woman is awarded a damehood, which accords her the same kudos, not to mention security and freedom as a knighthood gives a knight, so she could be said to be delighted in place of knighted! The male equivalent to a dame is a major domo.
Sir is an honorific address used in a number of situations in many anglophone cultures. The term can be used as a formal prefix, especially in the Commonwealth, for males who have been given certain honours or titles (such as knights and baronets), where usage is strictly governed by law and custom.
Most future knights worked as a squire for five or six years. If a squire had proven his bravery and skill at battle, he would become a knight at the age of twenty-one. He gained the title of knight at a "dubbing" ceremony.
Knight Commander or Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE or DBE) Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)
To help, here are some quick definitions that explain the meaning of these highly recognisable titles: Sir: A title of honour for a knight that originates from the Old French word "sieur". Dame or Lady: The female equivalent of the title "sir" that can be used by a woman in her own right.
Favorite Dame of the British Empire among living actresses
- Angela Lansbury. Actress | The Manchurian Candidate.
- Helen Mirren. Actress | RED.
- Maggie Smith. Actress | Gosford Park.
- Judi Dench. Actress | Skyfall.
- Julie Andrews. Actress | The Sound of Music.
- Eileen Atkins. Actress | Gosford Park.
- Diana Rigg. Actress | On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
- Joan Plowright. Actress | Enchanted April.
List of the Knights of the Round Table. In different stories, there are different numbers of knights, ranging from 12 to more than 150. The Winchester Round Table shows 25 Knights.
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|KBE||Knowledge Based Engineering|
|KBE||Knowledge Based Economy|
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Traditionally the noun knight means someone born of the nobility and trained to fight, usually in heavy metal armor. As a verb, if a king decides to knight you, that means the king wants to make you into a knight. Real life knights haven't been around since the Middle Ages, which ended around 600 years ago.