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Knighthood announced on New Year in Britain, former Prime Minister Tony Blair will also be honored


UK’s Queen Elizabeth: Queen Elizabeth II on Friday announced knighthood for former prime minister Tony Blair. Elizabeth has traditionally announced knighthoods on the arrival of the new year to the former minister, as well as to officers who led Britain’s fight against Covid during Covid.

Queen Elizabeth personally appointed Blair Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the highest order of knighthood. The Queen had previously knighted former Conservative Prime Minister John Major in this way in 2005. Tony Blair, who is currently 68 years old, defeated Major in the 1997 elections in England with a landslide victory for the Labor Party, and served Britain as Prime Minister for a decade thereafter.

During his tenure, he achieved peace in Northern Ireland and did an important job of providing homosexuals in Britain their basic gay rights. But he faced criticism in Britain for his support of the 2003 US-led war in Iraq.

Blair said it was a great honor for him to be appointed Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter and he was deeply grateful to the Queen for that. At the same time, the list of people to be honored with this honor this year also includes Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Adviser to the UK Government and Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of England.

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