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Arise, Sir Picard - Patrick Stewart gets a knighthood

31/12/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Veteran science fiction actor Patrick Stewart has picked up a knighthood from the queen, god bless her.

Was the knighthood anything to do with Prince Charles, who has previously gone on record to say that the classic Trek with William Shatner used to be one of his favourite TV programmes? (his thoughts on the Next Generation remain undocumented).

Sir Patrick told the BBC this morning, "The past six years have given me acting opportunities that at one time I could not have imagined possible. This is an honour that embraces those actors, directors and creative teams who have in these recent years helped fill my life with inspiration, companionship and sheer fun."

Patrick Stewart made one of his first science fiction appearances in Dune, but let's face it, the queen must have given him the honour for the lifestyle of pacifism and universal goodwill to all sentient beings espoused by Star Trek.

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