Bono from U2 Knighted by the Queen for his humanitarian work
London, Uk (rushprnews)–Bono has been awarded an honorary British knighthood from the Queen for his services to the music industry and humanitarian work.
But the rock singer, whose real name is Paul Hewson, accepted the award with the condition – “don’t call me Sir”.
The U2 frontman was awarded the honour during a brief ceremony at British ambassador David Reddaway’s official residence in Dublin.
Fellow band members The Edge and Adam Clayton joined the lead singer’s wife Ali and their four children – Jordan, Eve, Eli and John – for the reception.
Like Bob Geldof, he is technically not entitled to be called “Sir” as he is not a British citizen.
“By the way, you can call me pretty much anything you want, except sir,” he remarked, before suggesting suitable alternatives.
“You can call me lord of lords or a demi-god,” he said.
British honours are granted by The Queen, on advice from the British Government.
Geldof received the award in 1986 after raising awareness as well as millions of pounds for third world countries through the Live Aid event.
Previous non-British recipients include Bill Gates, Placido Domingo, Rudolf Giuliani, Steven Spielberg and Simon Wiesenthal.
In 2003, Bono was presented with the Legion D’Honneur on behalf of the French government for his contribution to music and campaigning work.
He was voted Time Person of the Year in 2005 in recognition of his work promoting justice and equality.
news source SKY NEWS