Brian May Knighted By King Charles
via @brianmayforreal / Instagram
Held last March 14, King Charles knighted Brian May at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace.
In addition to his achievements in music, the Queen guitarist was also recognized for his continuous humanitarian efforts. At the conclusion of 2022, the British government named May as their recipient for the upcoming ceremony.
In a BBC News interview, the musician was quick to express his happiness at that time. He stated:
“This is a kind of license, a kind of commission to carry on doing what I’m doing, and it gives me a bit more power to my elbow. So I’m very happy about that.”
May expressed his gratitude for King Charles doing the honors after the ceremony. He said:
“We’ve had various conversations over the years and I like to feel that we have a kind of friendship. He also added that the two of them have “quite a lot in common.
“I have enormous respect for him. I think he’s been through some very difficult times and always behaved with incredible grace and dignity.”
In 2005, A CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) was already bestowed upon May. On the other hand, an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) was bestowed upon Queen drummer Roger Taylor in 2020.
When May was asked what Freddie Mercury would have thought of the honor, he said:
“Freddie would love it. I think if he had been around, he would have been honored long ago. And very rightly so.”