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Celebrity Knights of the United Kingdom

You can get knighted for practically anything nowadays! Try to name these famous people who were knighted by the queen or king of England.
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Last updated: March 16, 2024
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First submittedDecember 22, 2010
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Knighted in
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Knight
2021
Six-time Formula One champ, most recently in 2020
Lewis Hamilton
2010
Captain Jean-Luc Picard in "Star Trek"
Sir Patrick Stewart
2006
"Its Not Unusual" to like this Welsh singer
Sir Tom Jones
2003
Lead singer of the Rolling Stones
Sir Mick Jagger
2000
The first actor to star as Bond. James Bond.
Sir Sean Connery
2000
Founder of Virgin Records
Sir Richard Branson
1999
Former manager of Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson
1998
He isn't an astronaut. But he did sing "Rocket Man".
Sir Elton John
1997
Bassist for the Beatles
Sir Paul McCartney
1991
Starred as Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings"
Sir Ian McKellen
1980
Director of "Psycho"
Sir Alfred Hitchcock
1959
Starred as Obi-Wan Kenobi
Sir Alec Guinness
1953
The first person to climb Mt. Everest (with Tenzing Norgay)
Sir Edmund Hillary
1949
Greatest cricketer of all-time?
Sir Donald Bradman
1944
He accidentally discovered penicillin
Sir Alexander Fleming
1902
Creator of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
1800s
Author of "Ivanhoe"
Sir Walter Scott
1705
Had an insight about gravity after seeing an apple fall
Sir Isaac Newton
1585
Tried, unsuccessfully, to colonize Virginia
Sir Walter Raleigh
1581
The second captain to circumnavigate the Earth
Sir Francis Drake
68 Comments
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Level 44
May 3, 2014
Sir Cliff Richard!!
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Level 86
Jun 15, 2017
You should change the Patrick Stewart clue to a poop emoji.
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Level 89
Sep 27, 2017
Imagine what it would be like if emojis could become acceptable answers.
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Level 83
Jun 15, 2017
A quiz about Dames is probably coming as well?
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Level 66
Sep 26, 2017
There are thousands of them in 1940's movies.
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Level 72
Jun 12, 2020
2020, still no dame quiz in sight... (Unless I'm not searching correctly?)
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Level 45
Sep 26, 2017
'Sir' Roger Hunt
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Level 57
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 59
Sep 26, 2017
Was it too much effort to check before posting? He was knighted in 2003.
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Level 89
Jan 12, 2020
Everyone's a sir at the gas station.
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Level ∞
Mar 16, 2024
Maybe, just once, someone will call me "sir" without adding, "you're making a scene."
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Level 66
May 14, 2024
Not in the UK, on both counts!
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Level 75
Jun 10, 2020
I couldn't think of his name, anyway. I'm so embarrassed. Keith Richards' name kept popping up in the way - I think he should be knighted, too.
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Level 57
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 45
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 77
Jun 11, 2020
I think usual works there better. ;)
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Level 90
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 89
Jan 12, 2020
Commander of what? Chicago blues?
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Level 66
May 14, 2024
Commander... of the British Empire
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Level 75
Sep 26, 2017
No Sir Cadogan? ;)
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Level 63
Sep 26, 2017
Please accept "Sir" as the correct answer.
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Level 78
Mar 7, 2019
:D:D:D
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Level 71
Sep 26, 2017
What about 'Bonfire Night'
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Level 68
Sep 26, 2017
Sir Edmund Hillary, the only Hillary to reach the very top!
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Level 85
Sep 26, 2017
A bit UK-centric.
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Level 56
Oct 3, 2017
As opposed to the US-centric ones that fly about here
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Level 72
Sep 5, 2018
And yet again, humor is wasted. Loosen up, people.
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Level 78
Mar 7, 2019
Tee hee heee
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Level 65
Sep 26, 2017
Which Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Level 91
May 10, 2018
The only one who's been knighted.
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Level 89
Jun 10, 2020
There's still time for Ewan McGregor to get knighted, right?
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Level 85
Jan 8, 2022
And when/if that happens, I'm sure this quiz will be revised and updated. In the meantime...
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Level 86
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 81
Jun 12, 2020
Whilom ther was dwellynge on Tatooine a Jedi knyght, evere honoured for his worthynesse...
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Level 85
Jan 8, 2022
LOVE THIS.
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Level 56
Jul 24, 2018
You and all your silly English K-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-niggits!
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Level 44
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 84
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 89
Jan 12, 2020
"BEEEENNNNNN!!!!!!!”
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Level 76
Sep 8, 2019
Ringo Starr Has Been Knighted. Ringo Starr is now officially Sir Richard Starkey.
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Level 70
Jun 10, 2020
True - but he didn't play bass for the Beatles
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Level 67
Jun 10, 2020
Tried "Ben Kingsley" like fives times for "he played Gandalf" before I bothered to read the dang clue correctly. Also tried "Edward Jenner" like five times for the penicillin clue. D'oh.
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Level 62
Jun 10, 2020
What about Sir Michael Caine and Sir Anthony Hopkins
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Level 72
May 13, 2021
It would be a very long quiz if it included everybody that has been knighted
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Level 82
Jun 10, 2020
Funny how all these famous people had the same first name :D
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Level 63
Jun 10, 2020
You know Hilary wasn't the first to climb Everest, the Sherpas were. He was just the first white guy to do it
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Level ∞
Mar 16, 2024
Hilary and Norgay were the first people confirmed to reach the top. Anything else is pure speculation.
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Level 79
Jun 11, 2020
Why are there no women in this quiz. It's a bit sexist.
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Level 75
Jun 15, 2020
ho ho ho
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Level 88
Jun 11, 2020
There really shouldn't be a question mark after the cricketer question haha.
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Level 60
Dec 11, 2023
There shouldn't be if it said greatest batsman - but how about the wonderful Sir Garfield Sobers?
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Level 73
Jun 11, 2020
Should be King or Queen of the United Kingdom
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Level 68
Jun 13, 2020
Don Bradman was Australian and the title says British Knights
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Level 53
May 13, 2024
I guess it says Knights of the UK, not British-born knights.
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Level 47
Jun 26, 2020
Fergie my hero
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Level 79
Aug 15, 2021
Charlie Chaplin? Lewis Hamilton? Michael Caine? Anthony Hopkins? David Attenborough?
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Level 46
May 13, 2024
What about them? The quiz isn't an exhaustive list of everyone knighted, is it?!
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Level 56
May 13, 2024
Sir Walter Raleigh's attempted colony was actually in North Carolina not Virginia. He sent Amadas and Fernandes to chart some of the "New World" until they reached North Carolina's outer banks which they marked as a candidate for a colony and raiding fortress. They returned with Raleigh 3 years later to colonize Roanoke with a very small crew. They failed and returned a few more years later with a larger crew including some full families and that became the infamous "lost colony"
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Level 75
May 13, 2024
Why the question mark after the greatest cricketer? His record is beyond comparison. You would struggle to find any cricket historian/ fan that doesn't rate him the greatest.
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Level 74
May 13, 2024
Why do the answers all have the ‘Sir’, except for Hamilton?
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Level 64
May 14, 2024
Yeah I was wondering that too. Might be time for an update there
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Level 28
May 13, 2024
Sir Marcus Rashford?
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Level 58
May 13, 2024
Most of these were not knighted by the "King or Queen of England". That post hasn't existed for centuries. Not since the UK has existed. You mean the King or Queen of the United Kingdom.
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Level ∞
May 13, 2024
Drake, Raleigh, and Newton were certainly not knighted by the king or queen of the United Kingdom.
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Level 66
May 13, 2024
Hamilton is 7 times world champion in F1.
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Level 68
May 14, 2024
Fun fact: The Monarch has the right to order any Knight to fight any other Knight for his/her amusement. I live in hope that King Charles demands this service so we can witness Sir Elton John vs Mick Jagger
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Level 68
May 15, 2024
I like the idea! Though I am sure better combo's could be made (if it were possible I would vote for Ian mcKellen and Sean Connery, but alas)