Former Sen. Richard Lugar To Be Knighted


He may no longer be a senator, but Richard Lugar will soon be a knight.

The former Indiana senator on Tuesday will join a group of Americans that includes former Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush when he is knighted at a ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington, DC.

According to a press release, Lugar, who left the Senate in January after being defeated in a Republican primary last year, will receive the rank of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).

But to be clear, the former senator will not adopt the title of “sir,” which is reserved only for royal subjects.


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