33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted People
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33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted

List Criteria: Celebrities who are official or honorary knights

A list of famous people who have been knighted, ranked by fame and popularity by fans of British chivalry like you. Being knighted is one of the highest honors that an individual can hope to receive. Famous people have been knighted for their contributions to music, film, theater and charity work. In special cases, honorary knighthoods can be bestowed upon worthy candidates from foreign countries.

Who is the most famous person who has been knighted? Ronald Reagan tops our list. Reagan received an honorary knighthood in 1989 from Queen Elizabeth II. After the ceremony Reagan made a statement saying, “I feel greatly honored. I can't say how proud I am.” Four years after Reagan received the honor, his vice president and President at the time George H.W. Bush, also received the honorary knighthood.

Several famous musicians have been knighted. English super star Paul McCartney was given the honor in 1997 and Elton John was knighted the following year. Actors, Ben Kingsley and Patrick Steward have also received the great honor of knighthood, as has the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. The French also bestow honorary knighthoods and recipients include Clint Eastwood and Robert DeNiro.

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  1. In 2000, Sean Connery was knighted by the Queen.  Connery is a firm supporter of Scotland's Independence and it is believed that this stance caused a delay in his knighthood.

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    Age: 85
    Birthplace: Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
    Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    Schools: Tollcross Primary School
    Children: Jason Connery
  2. In 2010, Robert Redford was inducted into France's elite Legion of Honor by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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    Age: 78
    Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America
    Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Television producer, Film Producer + 3 more
    Schools: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Van Nuys High School, Pratt Institute, University of Colorado Boulder
    Major/Field Of Study: Painting
    Children: James Redford, Scott Anthony Redford, Amy Redford, Shauna Redford
  3. In 2005, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an honorary knighthood on Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

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    Age: 60
    Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur
    Schools: Lakeside School, Harvard College
    Children: Jennifer Katharine Gates, Rory John Gates, Phoebe Adele Gates
  4. Clint Eastwood was made a commander in the prestigious French Legion of Honor in 2009 by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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    Age: 85
    Birthplace: California, United States of America
    Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Politician, Pianist, Television producer + 5 more
    Schools: Los Angeles City College, Piedmont High School, Piedmont Middle School, Oakland Technical High School, University of Southern California
    Children: Alison Eastwood, Scott Eastwood, Francesca Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood, Kimber Lynn Eastwood + 2 more
  5. In 2000, Michael Caine was knighted by the Queen for his services to the British screen.

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    Age: 82
    Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom
    Profession: Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting
    Schools: Hackney Downs School, Wilson's School
    Children: Natasha Caine, Dominique Caine
  6. Bob Hope was given an honorary knighthood for his work supporting the troops of various wars with his comedy and entertainment.

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    Age: Died at 100 (1903-2003)
    Birthplace: Eltham, London, United Kingdom
    Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Author, Athlete + 9 more
    Children: Linda Hope, Anthony J. Hope, William Kelly Francis Hope, Eleanora Hope
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