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Call him Sir Ted Kennedy: Senator will be knighted by Queen Elizabeth
BY Michael Saul
DAILY NEWS POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, March 4th 2009, 3:17 PM
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The Lion of the Senate is becoming a British Knight. Just don’t call him Sir Edward.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown revealed Wednesday that Queen Elizabeth is awarding honorary knighthood to Sen. Ted Kennedy, the ailing scion of one of the nation’s most famous and storied political families.
Kennedy (D-Mass), who is arguably the country’s best-known Irish-American, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May and underwent surgery. Kennedy was not present Wednesday when Brown announced the honor during a speech before a joint meeting of Congress.
Brown, the fifth British Prime Minister to give a speech to both houses of Congress, specifically cited Kennedy’s work in the Northern Ireland peace process as a reason for the honor.
“Northern Ireland today is at peace. More Americans have health care. Children around the world are going to school,” Brown said. “And for all those things, we owe a great debt to the life and courage of Sen. Edward Kennedy.”
Kennedy’s colleagues gave the 77-year-old senator a standing ovation.
Unlike British citizens who are honored with knighthoods, Kennedy will not be given the title “Sir Ted” because he is a foreign recipient.
As is custom, Kennedy will be permitted to use the initials KBE — Knight of the British Empire – after his name.
In a statement, Kennedy said he is “deeply grateful,” calling the honor “moving and personal” because it reflects not only his life of public service but “things that profoundly matter to me as an individual.”
“I accept this honor in the spirit in which it is given, with a continuing commitment to be a voice for the voiceless and for the shared ideals of freedom and fairness which are so fundamental to the character of our two countries,” he said.
With the honorary knighthood, Kennedy joins a number of other prominent Americans who have received the honor, including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, computer software king Bill Gates, movie director Steven Spielberg and former presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
It was unclear yesterday whether Kennedy would travel to London to receive the honor personally from the Queen. No date has been set for a ceremony.
During his speech before Congress, Brown urged U.S. leaders to join allies in Europe to confront the global economic crisis.
We should have the confidence that we can seize the opportunities ahead and make the future work for us,” he said.
Brown lauded the United States for its optimism and resilience.
“America is not just the indispensable nation,” he said, “you are the irrepressible nation.”