King Charles III’s inaugural list of New Year’s honorees, released on Friday, included Brian May among its 1,100 recipients.
Brian May of Queen is enjoying his new title, “Sir Bri.”
After learning he was one of the 1,100 people recognized in King Charles III’s inaugural New Year Honours list, the iconic rock guitarist, 75, stated in an Instagram video, “Thank you very much for all your congratulations upon the announcement of my knighthood.
May continued, “I’m overjoyed and very moved by the love and support that have come from you. “I’ll work hard to earn your respect.
The recently knighted rocker joked in the caption for the video, “All the best! Mr. Bri.
OK …. If you wish to appear formal… Brian Harold May, MD, CBE. Bri.”
May, who performed on the roof of Buckingham Palace during Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee in 2022 and at her Platinum Jubilee celebration in June, joins fellow musicians Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Elton John, Sir Rod Stewart, also Sir Tom Jones in receiving the prestigious award.
The website of the royal family, which still needs to be fully updated following the passing of Queen Elizabeth on September 8, states that awards are given at the monarch’s discretion to reward individuals in the U.K. who have displayed exceptional service.
Between the New Year Honours List also her “official birthday” in June, honorees were revealed twice a year throughout Elizabeth’s reign. Following his accession in September, King Charles’ current awards list is the first of his reign.
On Friday, several athletes, including England’s Lionesses, were recognized. After the soccer team won the summer tournament for Euro 2022, they received an award.
The fundraising efforts of 38-year-old Louenna Hood, who raised thousands to aid Ukrainian migrants, were also acknowledged.
Additionally, actor Stephen Graham, who starred alongside Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino in The Irishman and Johnny Depp in Public Enemies, received a CBE.