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26 Jan, 2004

KBE stands for Knight Commander of the British Empire.

Britain will give an honorary knighthood to Microsoft Corp. co-founder and chairman Bill Gates in recognition of his contribution to enterprise in Britain, the government says. Because he is not a British citizen, he cannot use "Sir" in front of his name.

> Gates 'delighted' at knighthood, CNN report 26 Jan 2004.

> discussion thread (SD701 Forums).

Posted by Antony at January 26, 2004 1:28 PM
>> more January 2004 entries.
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At one time it was an honour to be presented at Court and be offered a Knighthood.

Today, it seems that the only requirement is to
make money for the United Kingdom.

The OBE has lost it's value in my opinion as it seems every Tom, Dick or Harry is able to get one.

So he can't use "Sir" - I wonder how many people are called "Sir" these days, it was quite common to call a gentleman "Sir" in my day. :)

Posted by: Lorraine on February 24, 2004 2:51 PM

At one time it was an honour to be presented at Court and be offered a Knighthood.

Today, it seems that the only requirement is to
make money for the United Kingdom.

The OBE has lost it's value in my opinion as it seems every Tom, Dick or Harry is able to get one.

So he can't use "Sir" - I wonder how many people are called "Sir" these days, it was quite common to call a gentleman "Sir" in my day. :)

Posted by: Lorraine on February 24, 2004 2:52 PM
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