Patrick Stewart knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

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Now we really have to call Patrick Stewart sir; He's gone from captain to knight, now that the Queen laid the sword on him. Frankly, we're surprised it didn't happen earlier. Maybe that's because Jean Luc-Picard was a Frenchie. 

The erstwhile Star Trek: The Next Generation actor was officially knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, the AP reports. The 69-year-old is accomplished stage actor, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in his 20s, and being nominated for a Tony award for the lead in Macbeth in 2008.

Stewart told the AP he discovered the theater as a child, and said "my heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Alec Guinness." Being "in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me." Well, it certainly wasn't playing Gurney Halleck in Dune.

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