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Famous People Who Have Been Knighted

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List RulesCelebrities 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. Other "Sirs" knighted in England include Sean Connery, Bono, and Michael Caine.  

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 Stewart have also received the great honor of knighthood, as has the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. The French also bestow honorary knighthoods with recipients including American actors of classic and modern cinema, Clint Eastwood and Robert De Niro.

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  • Clint Eastwood was made a commander in the prestigious French Legion of Honor in 2009 by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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    • In 2000, Michael Caine was knighted by the Queen for his services to the British screen.

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      • 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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        • Queen Elizabeth II knighted Paul McCartney in 1997 because he helped to revolutionize pop music.

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