Sir Simon Hughes knighted by the Queen

Sir Simon Hughes’ knighthood is official! Yesterday he went to Buckingham Palace to receive his insignia from the Queen.

The British Monarchy website describes the process:

In a ceremony of knighting, the knight-elect kneels on a knighting-stool in front of The Queen, who then lays the sword blade on the knight’s right and then left shoulder.

After he has been dubbed, the new knight stands up, and The Queen invests the knight with the insignia of the Order to which he has been appointed, or the Badge of a Knight Bachelor.

Contrary to popular belief, the words ‘Arise, Sir…’ are not used.

Simon had some interesting company at the Palace. Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch received his CBE.

We don’t know whether the two met but we are sure that Benedict wouldn’t have felt the need to repeat his “F**k the politicians” comments if they did. While we might not agree with those sentiments, we certainly approve of the fact that he took time at the end of a performance to highlight the plight of refugees and the paucity of the Government’s response.

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