2nd October 2019

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Can you be knighted if you are a foreigner?

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.”