All hail Sir Brian May, the latest entertainment luminary to be knighted by the British monarchy.
On the bank holiday weekend, King Charles III. Ring in the new year by knighting several well-respected Britons, including longtime Queen guitarist, who celebrated his royal new status on Friday by sharing a video message to fans on Instagram.
“Thank you for all your congratulations upon the announcement of my knighthood,” May said in the clip.
“I am very excited and very touched by the love and support that comes from you guys. I will do my best to be worthy. For now, good night and… lots of love from Sir Bri.”
The 75-year-old rock musician, astrophysicist and animal rights activist has received the Knight Bachelor title “for services to music and charity,” according to the Gazette – the official publication of the British royal family.
Other 2023 honorees included artists, healthcare workers, business leaders, educators, scientists, philanthropists, and legislators. In his Instagram post, May joked that those who “want to be formal” now refer to him as “Dr. Sir Brian Harold May, CBE”.
In a recent interview with the Associated Press, the Queen founding member admitted he already had “a certain amount of power in the world, mostly because of the music, obviously,” but hoped knighthood would give him “a little bit more influence.” would lend. ”
“Maybe a few more people than usual are listening to me, you know, when Sir Brian is on the phone,” he joked.
Now that May is officially a knight, his wife Anita Dobson, to whom she has been married for 22 years, can assume the title of Lady May – which her husband says she is “rightly excited about”.
“Yes, Lady Anita will enjoy it,” May told AP. “It makes me proud that she gets an honor alongside me because God knows I wouldn’t be here without her.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2023-01-01/queen-brian-may-knighted-knighthood-instagram-video Queen’s Brian May knighted: ‘Much love from Sir Bri’