Every Musician Who Was Knighted By Queen Elizabeth II
By | September 9, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II wasn't exactly what we would refer to as "hip." Born in 1926, Elizabeth came of age during World War II and by the time the Beatles were storming England she was busy reigning over the United Kingdom. She didn't have time to take part in pop culture, but that's okay because she had people to keep her up to date with the who/what/when/where/why of the artists of the era.
By the time Groovy era artists were reaching a respectable age in the late '90s she was able to score a couple of cool points by knighting some of the biggest artists of the '60s and '70s.
In 1998, the Rocket Man became the first openly gay knight in the British empire. While speaking with the press, John said that the queen had some sweet words for him as he received his honor:
Her Majesty said she hoped being here today didn’t interfere too much with my arrangements. She said I must be terribly busy... but this is not the sort of thing you put off.