Andy Murray, the famous British tennis player, received a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honors list. The ceremony took place on Friday, after that the 29-year-old athlete became a knight, now his full name starts from ‘sir’.
The British monarch recognised again the success of Andy Murray, in 2012, he named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, in 2016, the reigning Monarch performed the knighting ceremony for Andy and other athletes.
A decision to include the name of Mr Murray Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honors list came after the tennis player won his second Wimbledon and Olympic titles on his way to topping the world rankings.
Other outstanding British athletes like Mo Farah (four Olympic gold medals), Lee Pearson (won his 11th Paralympic gold in equestrian in Rio) were knighted too. Sir Farah already held the MBE, OBE and CBE for services to equestrianism and to disabled sport. He commented his knighthood:
‘I’m so happy to be awarded this incredible honor from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight. Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking any English, I could never have imagined where I would be today — it’s a dream come true’.
Britain’s honours are bestowed by the monarch, but recipients are selected by committees of civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public