A knighthood (or a damehood, its female equivalent) is one of the highest honours an individual in the United Kingdom can achieve.
While in past centuries knighthood used to be awarded solely for military merit, today it recognises significant contributions to national life.
Recipients today range from actors to scientists, and from school head teachers to industrialists.
A knighthood cannot be bought and it carries no military obligations to the Sovereign. Continue reading Knighthoods