Kevin Sullivan and Debbi Wilgoren
The Washington Post
March 4, 2009

LONDON, March 4–Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) has been chosen to receive an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, the British Foreign Office said.

[efoods]The honor will be formally announced Wednesday by Prime Minister Gordon Brown during his address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress. Brown’s office at 10 Downing Street declined to elaborate before Brown’s speech.

Kennedy, 77, who is battling brain cancer, is one of the best-known American politicians in Britain. He will receive the honor for “services to the U.S.-U.K. relationship and to Northern Ireland,” according to the BBC.

Honorary knighthoods are generally given as recognition of achievement in various fields, from politics to sports. The vast majority of them go to British citizens.

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