Speedy Sir: Lewis Hamilton knighted in year-end royal honors
Hamilton is now a Sir as well as a seven-time Formula One champion after being knighted Wednesday, Dec. 30 in Queen Elizabeth IIs New Year honors list. (Giuseppe Cacace, Pool via AP, File)LONDON – Lewis Hamilton is now a “Sir” as well as a seven-time Formula One champion. Supporters have suggested Hamilton would have been knighted sooner if not for his tax status. In descending order, the main honors are knighthoods, CBE, OBE and Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE. There is growing criticism of the honors’ evocation of the British Empire, the legacy of which has been debated anew amid campaigns against racism and colonialism around the world.