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Minggu, 01 Mei 2011

Sir or Dame

What does it take for someone to get knighted and be called Sir?
You know, Like Sir Elton John, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
And what about women?
Is there a title equal to Sir for women?
The sovereign of the UK  traditionally awards title like knighthood in recognition of service. Anyone can nominate a British citizen for knighthood and the royal title, although you are not encourage to nominate yourself. Public nominees make up about a quarter of the recomendations, while the prime Minister of the UK and government departments supply the rest of the Honors List which is submitted every two years.
The most common knighthood awarded today is The Order of the British empire, which is given to civilians for public service and contributions to the. This Honor has been given to a lot of athletes, author, actors, artist, doctors, nurses, educator, charitable and social workers, scientist and businnes people. The honor gives the person the privilege of using the title "Sir" (for men) or "Dame" (for women) before his or her name.
People of other nationality can also be nominated (usually by the Secretary of State of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) for knighthood and similar honors in recognition of their contribution to relations between their countries and the UK. One of this is the mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani. The downside is that these foreign knights are not allowed to use the title Sir or Dame, although they can add KBE (Knight of British Empire) after their name.

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