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andromeda_eats
02-03-05, 23:03
AP - Sir Bill? Not quite.

Proclaiming himself "humbled and delighted," Microsoft founder Bill Gates received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

The accolade allows the recipient to use "KBE" after his name, but not to put "Sir" in front of it.

One of the world's richest men, Gates, 49, was being honoured for his charitable activities around the world and his contribution to enterprise in Britain.

Past recipients of the honorary knighthood range from Irish singer Bob Geldof to former US President Ronald Reagan.

"This honour is particularly poignant given the deep connections Microsoft enjoys with the United Kingdom," said Gates, whose company employs about 2,000 people in Britain.

Gates' royal honour - bestowed by the queen on the advice of the government - was announced in January 2004, but a "mutually convenient" date to receive it had not been available until now.

British recipients of knighthoods are entitled to be addressed with a "Sir" before their names.

The honour was long the preserve of senior soldiers, judges and other servants of the state, but recent years have seen the creation of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Elton John.

As an American, Gates is not entitled to use "Sir" before his name, but he can put the initials KBE - Knight Commander of the British Empire - after it.

Gates joins a roster of American knights that includes former presidents Reagan and George HW Bush, comedian Bob Hope, retired US Army General Tommy Franks and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Gates said he was proud of what he called Microsoft's "special relationship" with Britain.

tlr online
02-03-05, 23:12
Special relationship? LOL!

RavenLettan
03-03-05, 00:02
KBE? .. never heard of that before
though it was OBE :: shrugs ::

I think it's stupid because they don't mean anything anymore. I mean when they have to make an alloted number of Knighthoods, and people are now turning them down.

It should be an honour because of services to the crown. How the **** singers and such should be allowed to get them is beyond me.

Edited by tlr. I think you know why.

[ 03. March 2005, 01:04: Message edited by: tlr online ]

Draco
03-03-05, 11:35
Sir Anthony Hopkins. Best idea for a knight evar.

Neteru
03-03-05, 16:23
I have to agree with tlr on this one. "Special relationship" ? Yeah right. I don't think 2000 employees is that significant for a company like MS.

andromeda_eats
03-03-05, 21:28
Gates considers it a special relationship because after Microsoft conquered America, Britian was the next place he took it, and had such a huge success there.

Draco
03-03-05, 23:14
Originally posted by Neteru:
I have to agree with tlr on this one. "Special relationship" ? Yeah right. I don't think 2000 employees is that significant for a company like MS. How many does Microsoft employ here in the States?