LONDON – Lewis Hamilton is now a “sir” as well as a seven-time Formula One champion.
Hamilton received a knighthood Wednesday as part of the Queen Elizabeth II honor list, which also recognizes British actors, politicians, government employees and people outside the limelight who worked to overcome the coronavirus and its destructive effects.
Hamilton, who earned seventh F1 title last month on Michael Schumacher’s record plane, said his recent success was partly inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The 35-year-old race driver was kneeling on the grid and wearing anti-apartheid slogans.
Hamilton told the BBC last week that “against racism I had a different drive than I had before I reached the end of these races.”
Proponents have suggested that Hamilton would have been knocked out early if he had not been given his tax status. Hamilton was knighted in the “Abroad” section of the Knighthood Honors List because he lives in low-tax Monaco.
His tax issues made headlines in 2017 when Paradise Papers leaked that he refused to pay more than িয়ন 4 million in taxes for a private jet registered on a private jet called the Isle of Man.
Motorsport UK chairman David Richards said Hamilton’s tax status was “completely misunderstood” and that the racing champion was among the top 5,000 taxpayers in the United States.
In other honors, veteran comic actress Sheila Hancock was damned as a Knight’s equivalent woman in recognition of her six-decade career. Known by Vogue as “the most influential makeup artist in the world”, acclaimed makeup artist Pat McGraw also gained fame.
There was a knighthood for cinematographer Roger Dawkins, a 15-time Academy Award nominee for “Blade Runner 2049” and “1917.” Has won an Oscar for this
Leslie Manville, the Oscar-nominated actress of “Phantom Thread,” was nominated for the Order of Commander or CBE of the British Empire. Actor Toby Jones, who credited Dobby with two “Harry Potter” movies, was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire or OBE, as did Jade Mercurio, author of the TV intelligence series “Line of Duty.”
Veteran footballers Jimmy Graves and Ron Flower became members of the Order of MBE of the British Empire after a long campaign to honor each surviving member of the team that won the 19th World Cup in England in 1966.
The king’s honor is celebrated twice a year, in late December and in June, when the king’s birthday is celebrated. The awards recognize hundreds of people for service to the community or British national life. Recipients are elected by a committee of civil servants through nominations nominated by the government and the public.
Greta Westwood, chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation’s nursing charity, received a CBE for her work highlighting the epidemic’s mental-health organization on front-line staff. Others honored for their work during the epidemic include research scientist, statistical model, engineer and theme maker Katherine Dawson, who received OBE for making scrubs for physicians when supplies were low.
In descending order, the main honorees are Knighthoods, CBE, OBE and Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE. Knights are referred to by their names as “Sir” or “Dame”. Recipients of other honors may have letters after their names, even if they have no title.
Criticism of the British Empire’s eviction of honors is gaining new controversy with its global campaign against racism and colonialism.
Opposition Labor Party education spokeswoman Kate Green, who did the OBE, recently called the honorary titles “aggressive and divisive.”
The British government has said it has no plans to change the title.