Queen makes 'Sir' Sarkozy honorary knight

26th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday awarded French President Nicolas Sarkozy a prestigious honorary knighthood as he made a two-day state visit

   LONDON, March 2è, 2008 - Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday awarded
French President Nicolas Sarkozy a prestigious honorary knighthood as he made a two-day state visit here, royal officials said.
   Sarkozy was made an Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath,
the highest rank of one of the oldest orders of British chivalry whose
previous recipients include world leaders, including his predecessor Francois
Mitterand.
   Admiral Horatio Nelson and the Duke of Wellington, the naval commander and army general who both curbed the French emperor Napoleon I's expansionist
plans in the early 19th century, are also famous members.
   Royal subjects who are dubbed Knights Grand Cross are entitled to call
themselves "sir" -- and their wives "lady" -- but Sarkozy will not be allowed
to use the title as he is an honorary foreign recipient.
   Sarkozy received framed blocks of stamps issued in 2004 by the British and
French postal services to mark the 100th anniversary of the "Entente Cordiale"
and silver framed photographs of the queen and her husband, Prince Philip.
   Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, accompanying him on the visit, was given a miniature
carriage clock in a leather case, Buckingham Palace said.
   The queen received a book -- "Perfect Knowledge of Horses", published in
French in 1743 by king Louis XV's general inspector of horses, Jean de Saunier
-- plus two Lalique crystal sculptures of horses.
   Prince Philip was given a bronze statuette of a hunting dog.

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