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Brian May, Queen Guitarist, knighted by King Charles at Buckingham Palace


Guitarist Brian May was knighted for his services to music and charity by King Charles III during the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The legendary musician got emotional as he aired his feelings after being awarded the title of Knight Bachelor, saying he had “no words!” for the honor of being knighted by the King of England at the Palace on Tuesday 14 March.

May, in a photo posted to Instagram, can be seen smiling smugly as the British monarch lands a ceremonial sword strike on the Queen’s guitarist’s left shoulder.

The official Queen Twitter account shared a note of congratulations, writing: “Rise up Sir Brian May. Brian’s investiture as a Knight of the Kingdom took place at Buckingham Palace. The knighthood was presented to Brian by His Royal Highness, King Charles. Congratulations, Sir Brian!

Roger Taylor, who is the Queen’s drummer, was also honored with a royal title following his appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2020.

Sir Brian May was previously awarded the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2005.

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