King Charles III knights Queen guitarist Brian May: 'Many congratulations'

King Charles III knighted a Queen – Sir Brian May, that is.

The monarch officially knighted Queen guitarist May, 75, in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. In the formal ceremony, the musician knelt before the monarch as the king touched his shoulders with a sword.

"Arise Sir Brian May," Queen's official Twitter account posted, along with a photo of the special moment. "The knighthood was presented to Brian by His Royal Highness, King Charles. Many congratulations, Sir Brian!"

Brian May is made a Knight Bachelor by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace in London on March 14, 2023.

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May received his knighthood for his contribution and service to music and charity. He is the only member of the band with the honor.

It was announced in December that the ceremony would take place. In an interview with the Associated Press, May said he hoped the title of "Sir" would give him "a little bit more clout."

"Maybe a few more people will listen to me than would otherwise, if it’s Sir Brian on the phone," the guitarist said.

He also revealed his wife Anita Dobson's excitement to become "Lady May."

"She’s thrilled to bits," he said. "And it’s a thrill to me to be able to kind of confer that on her. It makes me feel proud that she gets an honor beside me because God knows I wouldn’t be here without her."

Dobson attended the knighting ceremony Wednesday to support May.

Brian May poses with wife Anita Dobson and family during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on March 14, 2023.

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He was among hundreds of artists, community leaders and athletes who were recognized on the first such list to be signed off by Charles.

The same day May was honored with knighthood, saxophone musician YolanDa Brown was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Brian May wearing his medal after being appointed as a Knight Bachelor poses with YolanDa Brown appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on March 14, 2023.

"YolanDa performed in front of His Majesty as part of yesterday’s Commonwealth Day Service in Westminster Abbey," Buckingham Palace announced on Twitter Wednesday.

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Contributing: Lizzie Knight, The Associated Press

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