Bono to Receive Honorary Knighthood
Although he has never served in the military, has never pulled a sword from a stone, and does not wear armor, Bono is being made a knight.
Irish rocker and humanitarian Bono will become a knight of the British empire — but the U2 frontman won’t be called “Sir.” Britain confirmed Saturday Bono will receive his honorary knighthood from the British ambassador to Ireland, David Reddaway, in a Dublin ceremony shortly after New Year’s Day. The Dubliner, whose real name is Paul Hewson, won’t be entitled to use the title “Sir” because he is not a national of Britain or the Commonwealth of former British colonies.
In a letter to Bono released Saturday, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the singer’s lobbying had forced wealthy nations to focus on increasing aid to Africa. “I know from talking to you how much these causes matter to you,” Blair wrote. “I know as well how knowledgeable you are about the problems we face and how determined you are to do all you can to help overcome them. You have tirelessly used your voice to speak up for Africa.”
I suppose twenty years of campaigning for better awareness of the plight of Africans is more than others have done for knighthoods, although it still strikes me as strange to confer military honors on civilians for non-heroic acts.