Sir Bill…Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order


Via Reuters.

“Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates will be awarded an honorary knighthood by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Wednesday for his outstanding contribution to enterprise.

He will become a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, an honor that dates back to 1917, although monarchs have been creating knights for hundreds of years.”

‘Most Excellent’…love that.

This pic over at Channel 9 cracked me up:

Comments (11)

  1. Stupid Yankistani says:

    ACTUALLY you CANNOT call him SIR, he is not a British Citizen and hence the "Honorary" bit. BZZT; You got it wrong. nanana.

  2. Stupid Yankistani says:

    Stupid Yank, get the facts right before you post.

    He is NOT entitled to use the title "Sir".

  3. Stupid Yankistani says:

    And ENGLAND is NOT a COUNTRY!

  4. David Betz says:

    Rule! This man needs to be more than just knighted. He is the savior of western civilization and the king of the war against the technological rebel armies(i.e. Linux, Perl, losers), and for those two things along he deserves this. It’s a shame the U.S. doesn’t have something similar.

  5. Alex Barnett says:

    In the spirit of pointing out factual errors, I should point out I’m an ignorant Brit, not an ingorant Yank.

  6. Only citizens of the British Empire are allowed to use the title "Sir". His title will simply be William Gates III, KBE (Knight of the British Empire)

  7. Adwait Ullal says:

    It’s not Sir Bill Gates

  8. . says:

    Silly Brit.

    BRITS OUT!

    Britain, pitty the Provos didn’t blow up te houses of commons.

  9. Mike says:

    WRONG – Enland IS a COUNTRY – "Sometimes, parts of states with a distinct history or culture are called "lands" or "countries": England, Scotland and Wales – the three nations on the island of Great Britain – are known as countries, even though they are effectively governed as "components" of the British state. Tibet, an autonomous region of China, is similary called a country in everyday speech. Ireland is also sometimes called a country, even though it consists of one nation-state (the Republic of Ireland) and one component of a different state (Northern Ireland).

    The terms country, nation, state and land are often used as synonyms, but in a more strict usage they are distinguished:

    country is the geographical area

    nation designates a people, however national and international both confusingly refer as well to matters pertaining to what are strictly states, as in national capital, international law

    state is about government, and an entity in international law

    land may be used for "a country and its people" but also thought of as country belonging to a nation or a monarch " Source: Answers.com – Wikipedia

  10. David P says:

    Re this whole "ignorance" thread / thing…

    Ignorance is bliss. Whether there’s Brits, Yanks, or any other race of people involved, there’s no need for personal flaming.

    Feel the love, and love the feel.

    David P

  11. Via Reuters . "Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates will be awarded an honorary knighthood by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Wednesday for his outstanding contribution to enterprise. He will become a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order