Queen’s Brian May becomes Sir Brian Harold May as he is officially knighted at Buckingham Palace

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Wednesday, 15 March 2023, 9:07AM

With numerous hits, awards and accolades to his name, Brian May has officially gone from a member of Queen to an actual knight.

The legendary guitarist has been given the title of "Sir" as he received a knighthood as part of King Charles' first New Year Honours list at Buckingham Palace today.

May, also an animal welfare advocate with a PhD in astrophysics, was named a C.B.E., or Knights Bachelor, "for services to Music and to Charity," according to the official list.

The rocker's wife of 22 years, Anita Dobson, can also use the title of Lady May.

Taking to Instagram following the ceremony, May simply wrote: "No words! Bri."

The musician was among 1,100 honorees included in this year's list, which recognises the achievements and service of people across the UK from all walks of life from the arts, sciences, television and film, fashion, philanthropic endeavours and beyond.

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In 2019, Queen drummer Roger Taylor was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) honour.

Queen bassist John Deacon, who left the band in 1997, never received a similar honour, nor did late singer Freddie Mercury prior to his death in 1991.

In addition to his newly minted knighthood, May — who performed at the late Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee concert last year — previously received the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2005.

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