Illustration photo – British King Charles III. knighted legendary Queen guitarist Brian May at Buckingham Palace in London on March 14, 2023.
London – Britain's King Charles III. today at Buckingham Palace he knighted legendary Queen guitarist Brian May. The British media reported on it. In pictures from the ceremony, 75-year-old May kneels before the king, who knights the musician with the traditional placing of a sword blade on his shoulder. King Maye ennobled for services to music and charity.
“I'm happy and smiling from ear to ear, especially because it was the king. It means a lot to me,” said May, as quoted by the Daily Mail website. “Hopefully my health will hold up – I seem to be pretty fit at the moment, which is always good,” May added of the tour the band is considering for this year.
From now on, May can call himself Sir Brian. He added that the king, who was only a year younger, asked him about the health of his knees before the ceremony to make sure he could kneel during the ceremony, which the musician confirmed.
The rock guitarist, who is also an astrophysicist, has been involved in animal protection for a long time. In 2005, the then Queen Elizabeth II. she was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Titles and honors are awarded by the British monarch twice a year: on the occasion of his birthday and on New Year's Day. The tradition comes from the Middle Ages.