“Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates will receive an honourary Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today,” Macworld UK reports. “Gates has been awarded the title KBE, or Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for his contribution to enterprise, employment, education and the voluntary sector in the UK, and for his efforts to reduce poverty in the developing world, including parts of the British Commonwealth. As part of the ceremony to present the decoration, Gates will kneel before the monarch, who will tap him on the shoulder with a sword.”
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MacDailyNews Take: This would make more sense if Gates was to be knighted as part of the “Most Mediocre Order of the British Empire” instead. Too bad it’ll just be a tap on the shoulder.
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