Knight Bono

bono.jpgLONDON, England (CNN) — Bono — the Irish rock star, anti-poverty campaigner, and philanthropist — has been awarded an honorary British knighthood, the British Embassy in Dublin said on Saturday.

“The British Embassy in Dublin takes great pleasure in announcing that Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Bono to be an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work,” according to an embassy news release.

The British ambassador to Ireland, David Reddaway, is to give Bono — a member of the rock group U2 — an “insignia of this honorary award” after New Year’s in a ceremony in the Irish capital.

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