Britain’s Prince Charles presented Kevin Spacey with an honorary knighthood
Britain’s Prince Charles presented Kevin Spacey with an honorary knighthood.
The 67-year-old royal awarded the ‘House of Cards’ actor with the accolade on Thursday (16.06.16) at a private ceremony held at Clarence House, London, for his contribution to theatre, arts education and international culture.
However the 56-year-old American star has revealed he will not carry the title ‘Sir’, like musicians Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John, because he was born outside of the Commonwealth.
The award comes six years after the Duke of Cornwall presented the Oscar winning star an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2010.
However, British actor Jeremy Irons has admitted he would never accept a knighthood and believes he already gets too much adulation for being an actor and the honour should go to someone who deserves it more.
Speaking previously the 67-year-old said: “I don’t see the point of it. There are so many people who do amazing work which is unheralded and unrecognised.
“I do what I do because I like doing it. I’m well paid for it. I get far too much adulation compared with what it’s worth.
“Society needs storytellers, but I’ve always thought artists should stir the s**t.”
Although Jeremy attended a Buckingham Palace for a reception for British Oscar winners he insisted it wasn’t a big deal because “The Queen wasn’t there, it was Charlie [Prince Charles]. I’m not part of that.”