According to information reported by the British tabloid The Sun, Lewis Hamilton is expected to be knighted by the Queen after winning his seventh world title in Formula One.
Hamilton is expected to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his sporting merits and after making history by winning his seventh F1 world title, or that’s what has been reported by a single source as of yesterday.
If true, the Briton will thus become the fifth person in Formula 1 to receive the distinction after Frank Williams in 1999, Stirling Moss in 2000, Jackie Stewart in 2001, and Patrick Head in 2015.
Lewis Hamilton and his compatriot Jenson Button were also on the list of honours in 2009, but were also awarded a lesser distinction – Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) – in recognition of their respective titles. Recently, other Formula One members such as Claire Williams, Adrian Newey, Christian Horner and Susie Wolff have also been honoured.
Hamilton is claimed to be knighted early next year according to The Sun, but as yet, no official information has been released on this.
Perhaps there is a reality check required here – as much as many F1 fans and pundits alike wish a Knighthood to occur, could this be a case of ‘Chinese whispers’ within the media, with certain individuals hoping that if it is mentioned enough, it will happen?
According to the Daily Mail last week, Lord Hain (a former cabinet minister), sent a second letter to Boris Johnson calling for Hamilton to be promoted from in the New Year Honours from the MBE he received 12 years ago. According to the tabloid, Hain looked into Hamilton’s alleged tax avoidance history and concluded that actually, the driver was one of the UK’s top 5000 taxpayers.
Certainly, the tabloid involved with the story, namely the Sun, and soon afterward, the Daily Mail (both publishing stories on Sunday) have been accused of so-called ‘Fake News’ before, so it does beg the question as to if there is any validity to this Knighthood story?
It might be said that these publications have happened after a week of constant rhetoric, since securing the 7th WDC, on if Hamilton does (or does not) deserve a Knighthood, various tabloids calling on other sporting ‘legends’ to explain if Hamilton should become a Knight.
Last night the Daily Mail went one better than their original Lord Hain story, reporting that they believe that since receiving the letter, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself personally had a say in the honours list, pushing the Queen’s Honours team for Hamilton to become a Knight, which is patently ridiculous.
It will remain to be seen if Lewis achieves the honour, a rarity for active sportspeople, and no doubt the debate will rumble on as to whether such an accolade is deserving.
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