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Famous British Knights

You can get knighted for practically anything nowadays! Name these famous people who were knighted by the queen or king of England.
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First submittedDecember 22, 2010
Last updatedSeptember 26, 2017
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Year
Clue
Knight
2000
James Bond actor
Sir Sean Connery
2003
Another James Bond actor
Sir Roger Moore
1997
Beatles bassist
Sir Paul McCartney
1953
First to climb Everest
Sir Edmund Hillary
1998
"Rocket Man" singer
Sir Elton John
1705
"Discovered" gravity
Sir Isaac Newton
1581
Elizabethan privatee who circumnavigated Earth
Sir Francis Drake
1585
Tried, unsuccessfully, to colonize Virginia
Sir Walter Raleigh
2003
Rolling Stones frontman
Sir Mick Jagger
1800s
Wrote "Ivanhoe"
Sir Walter Scott
2006
"Its Not Unusual" to like this Welsh singer
Sir Tom Jones
1959
Obi-Wan Kenobi actor
Sir Alec Guinness
1902
Creator of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
1949
Greatest cricketer of all-time?
Sir Donald Bradman
1980
Director of "Psycho"
Sir Alfred Hitchcock
2010
Jean-Luc Picard actor
Sir Patrick Stewart
2000
Founder of Virgin Records
Sir Richard Branson
1991
He played Gandalf
Sir Ian McKellen
1944
Discovered penicillin
Sir Alexander Fleming
1999
Former manager of Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson
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level 32
Oct 13, 2013
I know the distinction isn't that great (and it depends on which country you believe) but Drake was a privateer rather than pirate.
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level 66
Oct 14, 2013
Take Sir Francis Drake/The Spanish all despised him/but to the British/he's a hero/and we idolize him. - Muppet Treasure Island
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level 48
Sep 26, 2017
I first learned about him in third grade in California History. He claimed part of the coast for the Queen and called it Nove Albion. I've enjoyed some fun time at Drake's Bay.
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level ∞
Jun 14, 2017
Changed to privateer, but I doubt the Spanish were able to notice the distinction.
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level 69
Sep 26, 2017
There is a very real distinction. A privateer has a letter of marque from his Government - a licence really. Agreed it wouldn't make much difference to those on the receiving end.
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level 48
Feb 23, 2018
Queen Elizabeth I privately addressed letters to Drake as: "To My Deare Pyrate."
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level 44
May 3, 2014
Sir Cliff Richard!!
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level 71
Jun 15, 2017
You should change the Patrick Stewart clue to a poop emoji.
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level 78
Sep 27, 2017
Imagine what it would be like if emojis could become acceptable answers.
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level 73
Jun 15, 2017
A quiz about Dames is probably coming as well?
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level 68
Sep 26, 2017
There are thousands of them in 1940's movies.
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level 43
Sep 26, 2017
'Sir' Roger Hunt
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level 56
Sep 26, 2017
Jagger is not "Sir". he only has the OBE, to be a "Sir" he needs to have the KCBE
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level 56
Sep 26, 2017
Was it too much effort to check before posting? He was knighted in 2003.
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level 56
Sep 26, 2017
To be "Sir" they need to have the KCBE. AN the order of knighthood is: KGBE KCBE = Sir / Dame CBE OBE MBE
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level 78
Sep 26, 2017
Almost typed Kim Jong-un for 'Rocket Man' - before seeing the word singer.
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level 41
Sep 26, 2017
Tom Jones question is wrong, should be "Unusual" not "Usual".
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level ∞
Sep 26, 2017
D'oh. Fixed!
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level 56
Sep 26, 2017
This quiz is called Famous British Knights, but some of the answers are not British: Don Bradman was Australian and Edmund Hillary was a New Zealander.
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level 62
Sep 26, 2017
That is very true, these examples were not British citizens. However, Sir Donald Bradman was appointed Knight Bachelor in 1949 and Sir Edmund Hilary was appointed Knight Commander of the British Empire in 1953. Both KB and KBE are ranks on the British Honours System, as appointed by the British Monarch. As such, they are British Knights.
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level 45
Sep 26, 2017
A knighthood can be bestowed upon anyone from a nation nation of the British Empire/ Commonwealth where the British monarch is head of state
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level 58
Sep 26, 2017
I typed other names for "greatest cricketer" because I was only thinking of Englishmen. Then I realised it really meant the greatest who was a knight, not necessarily English despite the quiz title.
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level 56
Oct 3, 2017
So who is/was the greatest English knighted cricketer...? Hobbs? Hutton? Mind you, none of them ever made it to becoming King of Spain :-)
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level 78
Sep 26, 2017
Paul and Mick are just Members why not include a Commander like Clapton? Come on if you want to be ridiculous be ridiculous. Maybe that could be the next iteration. MBEs, OBEs and CBEs.
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level 75
Sep 26, 2017
No Sir Cadogan? ;)
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level 60
Sep 26, 2017
Please accept "Sir" as the correct answer.
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level 55
Mar 7, 2019
:D:D:D
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level 67
Sep 26, 2017
What about 'Bonfire Night'
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level 67
Sep 26, 2017
Sir Edmund Hillary, the only Hillary to reach the very top!
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level 74
Sep 26, 2017
A bit UK-centric.
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level 40
Oct 3, 2017
As opposed to the US-centric ones that fly about here
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level 78
Sep 5, 2018
And yet again, humor is wasted. Loosen up, people.
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level 55
Mar 7, 2019
Tee hee heee
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level 55
Sep 26, 2017
Which Obi-Wan Kenobi
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level 83
May 10, 2018
The only one who's been knighted.
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level 78
Jun 1, 2018
The one in Star Wars. You were probably thinking about the Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Canterbury Tales. Easy mistake to make.
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level 47
Jul 24, 2018
You and all your silly English K-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-niggits!
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level 43
Mar 7, 2019
In Star Wars, he is primarily referred to as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the second trilogy (Ewan McGregor). The first trilogy is when he's referred to as Ben Kenobi (Alec Guiness). It's reasonable to change to Ben but also understandable if left as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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level 65
May 22, 2019
He's referred to plenty of times and by most characters as Obi-Wan in the original trilogy...
"Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope."
"I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan."
"Yes, yes. To Obi-Wan you listen."
"Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father."
"Obi-wan! Why didn't you tell me?"
"Obi-Wan has taught you well."
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level 67
Mar 11, 2019
*privatee[r]
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