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2002-Jun-16: Sir Peter and Sir Paul

He was able to keep his knighthood a secret until he went to his friend Sir Paul's wedding last week.  Sir Peter Blake said:
"We hadn't even told Rose, our 15-year-old daughter.  We managed it until Tuesday night when we went to Paul McCartney's wedding. Naturally, I got rather drunk and I told Paul. He was very excited and he gave me a big hug. I told George Martin too, but as they're both sirs anyway they've been through the same process and I assumed they wouldn't tell anybody."
Being an ardent, sentimental monarchist, the designer of the famous album cover of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is touchingly pleased with this honor from the Queen:
"My grandmother was an absolute royalist; she came to London for every occasion. When I was a kid, I went to the Victory Parade after the Second World War, and I went to the Queen's wedding. I couldn't go to the Jubilee, but that's about the only one I've missed. I went to Princess Margaret's wedding to Tony Snowdon, and we went to Charles and Diana's wedding. I've always been there on the street with my flag waving. I think if I was cynical about royalty it would be less of a pleasure.

"About 10 years ago, two people separately hinted to me that I might be getting this letter, and it didn't come.  I thought that was it, so it really was a great surprise. I'm 70 next week, which I think is about the right age to get it. Ten years ago would have been too soon and five years' time might be too late.

"I started as an artist almost exactly 50 years ago. In 1953, I went to the Royal College as a student. So what's particularly nice about it happening in Jubilee year is that my career exactly parallels the Queen's reign."

His childhood acquaintance, Mick Jagger, also appeard on the Queen's Golden Jubilee Birthday Honors List:
"It's funny to be getting aknighthood at the same time as Mick Jagger . When we were kids, we lived about 50 yards apart. I didn't really know him because he was 10 years younger than me, but he was a friend of my brother's; they went to Dartford Grammar School together. It's nice that two  Dartford boys are getting honours simultaneously.  Since then we've met over the years, last time at the Q awards when he made a point of coming over and giving me a big rock'n'roll hug.  I think whether he's a tax exile or not is irrelevant. He's been given it for services to music and he's served music well over the years. It would be nice to have a Sir Keith too, but I don't expect that's going to happen."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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