U2 front man Bono will become an honourary knight of the British realm.
The announcement came Dec. 23. Bono will be knighted in the new year by the British ambassador to Ireland, of which Bono is a citizen. Because he is not a citizen of England, however, Bono will not be able to use the title “sir.”
In a letter, British Prime Minister Tony Blair commended Bono on his charitable works.
“I know from talking to you how much these causes matter to you. I know as well how knowledgeable you are about the problems we face and how determined you are to do all you can to help overcome them,” Blair is quoted as saying by E Canada Now. “You have tirelessly used your voice to speak up for Africa.”
Bono, real name Paul Dewson, is the second Irish star to receive this honour. Bob Geldof received the same award.