On March 11, 1997, Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He dedicated his knighthood to his fellow Beatles and the people of Liverpool, where he grew up. Here are some other people you probably didn’t know that have been honored with knighthood...
007 Was Knighted on July 5, 2000
Medals, decorations, and honors were awarded by Queen Elizabeth II on July 5, 2000, and actor Sean Connery was at the top of the list to be formally knighted. The ceremony was held in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the veteran actor showed up for the occasion in full highland dress. After starring in seven hit films as James Bond, England’s 007, it was a fitting tribute to the Scottish boy who worked as a coffin polisher and milkman while in college.
Call Him Sir Sidney
In 1974, actor Sidney Poitier was presented with a Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, although he was born in Miami, Florida. The actor grew up on Cat Island, which is part of the Bahamas, making him eligible for the honor. From 1997 until 2007, Poitier was appointed ambassador to Japan from The Bahamas, and from 2002 through 2007 he served at UNESCO ambassador from the Bahamas. In addition, in the United States, he was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, which is the highest award for a civilian.
Six-Time Grammy Winner Elton John Elton John, the popular and flamboyant British singer, was knighted by the queen on February 24, 1998, for his contribution to music and charities. Sir Elton was the first gay musician to be honored and had been heavily involved in the fight against AIDs for many years. Sir Elton had performed in 1997 at Princess Diana’s funeral as well as other royal events over the years and is the recipient of six Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe.
Legendary Actor Charlie Chaplin Knighted By the Queen The theme from Limelight was played as the elderly actor and comedian Charlie Chaplin was knighted at a private ceremony by Queen Elizabeth II in London’s Buckingham Palace on March 4, 1975. Chaplin, confined to a wheelchair, did not stand as the queen tapped his shoulders and named him as a Knight Commander of the British Empire. Chaplin was so visibly moved by the honor and the ceremony, he stood up with help and announced he was going to get drunk.
Queen Elizabeth II Grants Knighthood to Actor Anthony Hopkins On December 31, 1992, Anthony Hopkins was knighted by the queen. Hopkins had won an Academy Award for his leading role in The Silence of the Lambs and has also won three British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, two Emmy Awards, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Hopkins said he was numbed and honored by the award. He renounced his knighthood when he became an American citizen in 2000.