05 January 2022

Ex-UK PM Tony Blair joins top royal order.

Tony Blair, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Baroness Amos are to be appointed as members of the Order of the Garter, England's oldest and most senior order of chivalry.

The former Labour prime minister now becomes known as Sir Tony.

The appointments are the personal choice of the Queen, who has up to 24 "knight and lady companions".

Baroness Amos, a former Labour cabinet minister, becomes the first black member of the order.

The ceremonial order, founded in 1348, is a recognition of significant public service, and made without prime ministerial advice.

Mr Blair becomes Sir Tony from 1 January, as he joins the order as a "knight companion".

Source: www.bbc.com

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