Queen's Brian May Is Officially a Knight

The guitarist was bestowed the honour by King Charles today

Photo via @brianmayforreal on Instagram

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Mar 14, 2023

Queen's co-founding guitarist Brian May shall be formally known as Sir Brian May from this point forward, having now officially been made a knight.

Sir Brian May — guitar god, astrophysicist, friend to badgers, sports bra designer, noted ass-ripper, anti-anti-vaxxerVegan Challenge contestant and one of the minds behind a song with two billion streams — was officially bestowed the honour by King Charles in a ceremony today at Buckingham Palace in London. 

May was awarded the honour for his services to music and charity, in a ceremony that also saw saxophonist YolanDa Brown made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

The guitarist shared a shot of the proceedings on Instagram, writing of the moment King Charles placed the sword on his shoulder, "No words."

Upon learning that he would receive the honour late last year, May told SkyNews, he was approaching knighthood as a "kind of challenge," explaining, "I think that's the way I regard it, to do good in the world and do better than I've done before."

May added that of all his achievements, he was "probably most proud of the tiny things that we have achieved for animals. It's an ongoing thing, and I'm hoping the knighthood will help."

Other rockers to have received knighthood honours include Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones and Ringo Starr. That's only in the UK, of course — we'd be remiss not to mention Sir Lars.

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