Bono Receives Honorary British Knighthood


Irish rock star and global humanitarian Bono became a knight of the British empire today – just don’t call him ‘sir.’

“You have permission to call me anything you want – except sir, all right? Lord of lords, your demigodness, that’ll do,” Bono, 46, told reporters after he was crowned a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in a jokey, informal ceremony in the Dublin home of British Ambassador David Reddaway.

Reddaway paid tribute to Bono’s work as a savvy campaigner against poverty and disease in Africa – but first asked whether he was disappointed that becoming a knight no longer involves a sword or kneeling.

“Please, I wasn’t expecting you to kneel,” Bono deadpanned, his hand on the ambassador’s shoulder.

Accompanying Bono were his wife, Ali, and their four children, Jordan, 17; Eve, 15; Elijah, 7; and John, 5. Also attending the ceremony were U2 guitarist The Edge and bassist Adam Clayton, who unlike the other band members, is English-born and retains British citizenship.

Bono has been criticized in some Irish nationalist quarters for accepting a British honor. But the Dublin-born singer, whose real name is Paul Hewson, dismissed this as ridiculous given the unprecedentedly warm relations today between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

“I think Great Britain is great,” Bono said. “And Irish people support British football
teams. And Irish bands sign British record labels. And Irish people speak English. And we even have one (Englishman) in our band.”

Congratulations to Bono!



  1. MommyDearest says

    No problem BabySugs! I’ll be sucking on jello, wearing depends and walking with a cane long after your gone! 🙂 Sounds so appealing, doesn’t it?

  2. MommyDearest says

    ummm…excuse me, BabySugs, don’t get so defensive! My, my, my! Lighten up! Life is too short for you to take eveything so seriously! Studies show that up-tight people have shorten lifespans! RIP…..:(

  3. babySugs says

    mommydearest, since you won’t be able to stop ppl getting political even on … umm … shallow gossip sites, then consider stop checking them out. life doesn’t have rigid categories, politics and gossip can bleed into each other sometimes, esp when we’re talking about ppl such as bono, known about their politics. good luck then, shallow or otherwise!

  4. MommyDearest says

    Ummm…I’m not going to get “all political” Call me shallow, but I only come here to indulge in Celebrity (baby) gossip…anyway, Wow! His wife looks like Janice Dickinson, doesn’t she?

  5. babySugs says

    shame on u Bono for accepting this! i hope you feel at peace with what for example Benjamin Zephaniah, an all-round activist, spoke of regarding the British Empire when he declined to be graciously appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire: “Me? I thought, OBE me? Up yours, I thought. I get angry when I hear that word “empire”; it reminds me of slavery, it reminds of thousands of years of brutality, it reminds me of how my foremothers were raped and my forefathers brutalised. It is because of this concept of empire that my British education led me to believe that the history of black people started with slavery and that we were born slaves, and should therefore be grateful that we were given freedom by our caring white masters. It is because of this idea of empire that black people like myself don’t even know our true names or our true historical culture. I am not one of those who are obsessed with their roots, and I’m certainly not suffering from a crisis of identity; my obsession is about the future and the political rights of all people. Benjamin Zephaniah OBE – no way Mr Blair, no way Mrs Queen. I am profoundly anti-empire.”

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