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62776.  Thu Mar 30, 2006 9:23 am Reply with quote

Alan, on the day that you are knighted, what will the Queen say to you?

1. Arise, Sir Alan.
2. Who the hell let you in? Guards! Guards!


It seems that it is a myth that the magic words are spoken during knighting ceremonies. Sir David Jason told the Daily Mirror: “I felt sure that the Queen would say ‘Arise, Sir David!.’ Well, she didn't! Unfortunately she doesn't say anything. She just does it [the dubbing, presumably] and you get up and she puts the gong round you and that’s it.”

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Picture ideas:
Mock-up (unless real footage available by then) of Alan being dubbed by Her Madje. Or by Camilla, perhaps, and Alan is 93 years old.

Daily Mirror, 25 March 2006

70746.  Sat May 20, 2006 6:10 am Reply with quote

I'm just writing this up for a script, so I'll post the note here for completeness' sake:

Various bits of ritual have been associated with "the Accolade" in different places and times, of course. This is the present-day custom in the UK, according to the official website of the British monarchy at

"… after his name is announced, the knight-elect kneels on a knighting-stool in front of The Queen who then lays the sword blade on the knight's right and then left shoulder. After he has been dubbed, the new knight stands up (contrary to popular belief, the words 'Arise, Sir ---' are not used), and The Queen then invests the knight with the insignia of the Order to which he has been appointed (a star or badge, depending on the Order). By tradition, clergy receiving a knighthood are not dubbed, as the use of a sword is thought inappropriate for their calling."

There also used to be a ceremony associated with the removal of a knighthood: degradation. The last public degradation was in 1621, when "Sir Francis Mitchell was found guilty of 'grievous exactions' and had his spurs broken and thrown away, his belt cut and his sword broken over his head. Finally, he was pronounced to be 'no longer a Knight but Knave'."


gerontius grumpus
153618.  Sun Mar 04, 2007 7:40 pm Reply with quote

Grrr... great heading but no mention of tups indispensible.


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