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Patrick Stewart Knighted [PHOTOS] + PS News Update June 2, 2010

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At the beginning of the year it was announced that Star Trek The Next Generation’s Jean Luc Picard was on this year’s list to received a knighthood. And today in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, the Queen made it official. Details and photos from the event. Plus we have an update on the latest from Sir Patrick.


Make it Sir

According to the BBC, Sir Patrick Stewart paid tribute to a former teacher at the ceremony where he was knighted by the Queen, saying he owed "literally everything" to an English teacher who first encouraged him to perform. Stewart also spoke about the company he now finds himself in:

…as I grew up as a child, falling in love with the theatre and Shakespeare, my heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier [and] Sir John Gielgud. The knights of the theatre represented to me not only the pinnacle of the profession but the esteem in which the profession was held. To find myself, to my astonishment, in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me.

More details at


Patrick Stewart being knighted – June 2nd 2010 in London

Patrick Stewart congratulated by the Queen – June 2nd 2010 in London

Sir Patrick Updates

PS Narrated Planetarium Show at Greenwich [through July 22nd]
The new "Violent Universe" show at the Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England is narrated by Patrick Stewart. The show "takes visitors on a journey through supernovae, black holes and gamma ray bursts, as well as the possibility of an asteroid collision with Earth" and runs from May 22nd until July 22nd. More info at

90-minute interview with Stewart at Edinburgh Film Festival [June 21st]
Patrick will be the subject of the  BAFTA in Scotland Interview at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The 90-minute live event takes place at the Cineworld 2 on June 21st. More info at

PS on Broadway with "A Life in The Theatre" [previews start September 17th]
Patrick Stewart is returning to Broadway to star in David Mamet’s A Life in The Theatre. The show will run in the fall at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, with previews starting September 17, 2010 ahead of a October 14th opening. 

Photos: AP


1. jas_montreal - June 2, 2010

I’m still going to call him Jean-Luc Picard.

2. I'm dead Jim - June 2, 2010

Make it SO, Sir Stweart!

3. jas_montreal - June 2, 2010

I’m still going to Jean-Luc Picard.

Sir ? Isn’t that a step down from CAPTAIN ?

4. I'm dead Jim - June 2, 2010

… er, Sir Picard!

5. AJ - June 2, 2010

Well deserved, Sir Patrick!

6. RM10019 - June 2, 2010

Great pictures!

7. Kim - June 2, 2010

Congrats and well deserved. I’ve been a big fan from the very first epsode of TNG.

8. British Naval Dude - June 2, 2010

Arrrrrrrrr… good ta’ see. Now he and Sir Ben Kingsley can re-make “Tha’ Parent Trap” together.

Oh, I kidz cuz’ I luvs.

Great pics, indeed. Such a lovely honour.

Actually, now that he be knighted, Sir Patrick can get rid o’ that dragon I haves in me backyard… I know I’m not tha’ one settin’ all them fires!

Well… I do wear me hotpants outsides from time ta’ time…

Anyways, congrag’lations, Captain.


9. CGren123 - June 2, 2010


10. WVTreker - June 2, 2010

Congratulation! A long time coming.

11. Schultz - June 2, 2010

There you go. And now off to Sitges. Shoo.

12. Ro_Laren - June 2, 2010

I’m all teary eyed! Congrats Sir Patrick!

13. Buzz Cagney - June 2, 2010

Sir Patrick looks very proud in the pictures. And he has every right to as well. Congratulations, Sir!

14. Valenti - June 2, 2010

It is a great moment indeed, by the looks of it.

But somehow, that first picture is unintentionally hilarious.

15. Jeff - June 2, 2010

Right on, Sir Patrick. Good on ya!

16. Nemesis4909 - June 2, 2010

I live 10 minutes away from the BAFTA interview site, how much do you think these tickets will cost?

17. Buzz Cagney - June 2, 2010

#14 why hilarious? Its a great honour for Patrick.
I think we Trek fans can feel very proud of him and his achievements. I know I am. And I say that as no particular fan of TNG. But Patrick alone made it worth watching, certainly for me.

18. Nick Cook - June 2, 2010

Would love to go see that live interview, but will be out of the country at the time. Figures!

19. P Technobabble - June 2, 2010

Sir Patrick Stewart… has a nice ring to it.

20. Nemesis4909 - June 2, 2010

See with these interviews, will meeting the man himself be possible?

21. CmdrR - June 2, 2010

I’m betting that goes ABOVE his picture of Picard as Robin Hood.

22. charliebob - June 2, 2010

He’s also giving a 90 min interview at the cineworld in Edinburgh, Scotland on the 21st June! Part of the Edinburgh Film Festival

23. comeaution22 - June 2, 2010

I think that man is incredible.

24. OlderFan - June 2, 2010

#14 – “There can be only One!” come to mind maybe?

At least that’s what went through my mind on first glance…

25. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - June 2, 2010

Thank you Sir Patrick for all the great theater you have brought us. I wish i was there to see you knighted in person!

26. That rock thing in that episode with the tunnels - June 2, 2010

#24 That’s what went through my mind.

QE is an immortal.

27. fax_ - June 2, 2010

Wonderful! Although I’m sure the novelty of receiving titles from monarchical powers must have worn off by now, Picard having played saviour to his fair share of planets, civilisations and interstellar communities. Of course, what’s great about this title is that it will be highly regarded by people of the ‘real’ world too.

I’ve always wondered what ambivalence must be felt by any intelligent person fortunate enough to receive an award or token of respect from the Queen. As a purely ceremonial and essentially powerless individual one cannot help suffer some unease in considering the ‘worth’ of her congratulations, especially given the excessively undemocratic patronage-oriented political system in the United Kingdom (where the patrons are primarily responsible for selecting those ‘worthy’ of knighthood). I’m glad to see Stewart receive the honour, but remain ever uncertain as to what weight to put on it (as with other ceremonial titles).

Then again, I suppose this will always be an inherent problem with indistinct ‘qualifications’. It’s very difficult to run a ‘knight’s test’ in the same way as a PhD examination system. Media prominence sure helps, although it remains a highly inaccurate means of identifying hard work and real achievement. I will continue to value Stewart for the ostensible quality of his acting work, which I must say only serves to push him higher in my opinion.

28. Captain Dunsel - June 2, 2010


(“Silly English k-nigit!”)

29. Pat Payne - June 2, 2010

Congratulations, Sir Patrick! This honor (or should it be “honour”?) was well-deserved.

30. Valenti - June 2, 2010

#17: Thanks to the way the picture was taken, it looks like she’s about to decapitate him.

#6: Exactly. =P

31. Valenti - June 2, 2010

*should’ve been #26*

32. Shat Hands - June 2, 2010

Brilliant news and long overdue!

Sir Patrick and his family must be very proud.

My favourite Picard episode is ( as is many peoples) ‘The Inner Light’ but I have always found the scene in which he apologises to Worf in First Contact to be very touching.

Well done Sir Patrick

33. urbaba61 - June 2, 2010

Congrats, Sir. BTW, I thought only a knight could make another knight.

34. @jjd241 - June 2, 2010

OH MY GOD The Queen is trying to cut off the captain’s head!

35. Buzz Cagney - June 2, 2010

#30 oh I see. No, QEII doesn’t do much of that these days. ;-)

#27 The Queen is held in very high regard in the UK and, indeed, around the world. To receive recognition from her is a great honour. However she will not have selected Patrick for the knighthood. It will likely have been the Government. The Queen is the individual that bestows the title on behalf of the Government. You can feel easy that Sir Patrick has not easily received this title. He has fully and well earned it.
As for its worth- well, it lifts Patrick into the elite of British acting. As he himself says. Which is where he fully deserves to be.
And he will find booking restaurant tickets has just got a whole lot easier. ;-)

36. Bradley1701 - June 2, 2010

#27 – The Queen is quite qualified for the role of head of state of the UK and several other realms, including Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She has been educated since birth to be head of state and is fluent in several languages…although her role is ceremonial, she is more qualified for her role than any president from any republic. From what I know, all politicians are in awe when in her presence…after all, she has been head of state for 60 years and has been a head of state through many things…a world war, other wars, terrorist attacks, etc….she’s seen a lot more than most politicians. As for ceremonial titles, it is less of a title and more of an honour. Knighthood now is for citizens who have done amazing things and contributed greatly to society. Knighthood aside, there are a lot of honours that the Queen bestows upon people that she chooses as they are her honours to bestow and not the governments.

As a Canadian, we do not use knighthood even though QEII is Queen of Canada, we have the Order of Canada which is equivalent to a knighthood. She and the Duke of Edinburgh will be in Canada for a week in July which is quite exciting!

Engage and God save the Queen!

37. fax_ - June 2, 2010

#35. Oh no, don’t get me wrong, I’m not belittling my congratulations to Sir Patrick, I was just adding a little social commentary to give some context, since having a social following (as the Queen does) is not the same as genuine success, power or meaningfulness, and we should try distinguish between where respect is deserved and where it is not (where by looking at the ostensible contributions for ourselves, the criteria for which Stewart has shown an unwavering ability to fulfil). As a British citizen myself I am well aware of all the praise and unconditional respect given to the Queen, but I just thought our praise should be tempered by a more objective eye. The reason I mentioned patronage is exactly because we know it to be the ministers (et al.) who ‘recommend’ names to the Queen, and the political system is one of unwritten constitutions, ‘accepted practices’ and compulsory collective political responsibility. It is hard to determine the difference in meaningfulness of knighthoods between men like Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (controversial), Sir Bob Geldof (…) in the same way as it is the distinguish the value of titles in the House of Lords. Congratulating Patrick in light of our individual experiences of his work is far greater praise than congratulating his title – a more informed ‘bravo’, as befits an ‘intelligent franchise’s fan’s homage to one of its figureheads

38. T2 - June 2, 2010

A truly proud moment. Congratulations, Sir Patrick, you deserve it!

39. Joe - June 2, 2010

I’m surprised #2 didn’t tackle him for the spotlight. I’m still a Captian Kirk fan.

40. Cygnus-X1 - June 2, 2010

Well, this makes up for the Entertainment Weekly snub.


41. fax_ - June 2, 2010

Sorry, please ignore my comments, I don’t mean to evoke a debate, the British monarchy is argued over in England enough as it is, and distracts us from the subject. Let’s just congratulate Patrick and I’ll be quiet.

Long Live Sir Patrick!

42. philpot - June 2, 2010

good to see him looking all Picard again instead of Mirror Picard

43. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - June 2, 2010

Congradulations Sir Patrick Stewart. May you live long and prosper.

44. RGClay - June 2, 2010

Wonderful! And well deserved!

45. CmdrR - June 2, 2010

I wonder if the Queen thought it was Jean Luc Picard and tried to give him a French kiss?

46. Gary - June 2, 2010

Very nice!



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47. Chadwick - June 2, 2010

Congratulations Sir Stewart, I wish you all the best life has to offer under your new title.

Its not the end all be all but in my opinion you should have been knighted ages ago!

48. Carol - June 2, 2010

Congratulations Sir Patrick! A well-deserved honour.

49. Shunnabunich - June 2, 2010

Anyone else think he looks a little out of place in a 20th-century suit?

50. Dyson Sphere - June 2, 2010

But we really also want Sir William of Shat, eh?

51. Mark - June 2, 2010

Want some ratings CBS/Paramount???…do a Titan/Riker mini series and have Sir Picard camo….

52. Hat Rick - June 2, 2010

Somehow I didn’t think that the Queen would be bowing to Patrick Stewart, as it somewhat appears in the second photo. Stewart is standing straight but the Queen is leaning forward a bit.

Anyway, congrats to one of Starfleet’s finest.

53. philpot - June 2, 2010

hes actually dressed in his X Men suit

54. bill hiro - June 2, 2010

Congratulations, Sir Patrick.

55. coruja_fdp - June 2, 2010

Grats Sir Patrick

56. CarlG - June 2, 2010

@52: She’s on a slightly raised platform and he’s kneeling, is all. :)

Congratulations, Sir Patrick!

57. Sarah - June 2, 2010

I’m with #51. Congrats to Patrick! Hash #startrektitan on Twitter and show your support for a Titan series on TV! Let’s get the word out there! Picard can do a cameo.

58. Trekkie626 - June 2, 2010

We need Sir Bill, now.

59. Buzz Cagney - June 2, 2010

#37 fair point as regards the House of Lords. It is a badly discredited institution. When you have the likes of Prescott being made a Lord you just know its a bit of a joke.
Nevertheless, Patrick isn’t Prescott. Just be pleased for him. ;-) He so deserves this title.
Just out of interest, are you a republican? (no problem if you are. Its your choice. To be honest i probably would/will be if/when Charles come’s to the throne!)

60. Jim Nightshade - June 2, 2010

He has joined the ranks of Sir Paul McCartney,Ian Mckellum n Elton John–rare company indeed-congrats sir stewart–to sir with love–

61. Luke Sutton ("The Doctor") - June 3, 2010

Congratulations, Sir Patrick.

62. weeharry - June 3, 2010

as an edinburgh resident and regular attendee of the film festival i eagerly await the opening of the box office within the hour to attempt to get tickets for sir patrick’s appearance.

in reply to 16 – tickets for ‘in-person’ events cost £15

63. weeharry - June 3, 2010

as an edinburgh resident and regular attendee of the film festival i eagerly await the opening of the box office within the hour to attempt to get tickets for sir patrick’s appearance.

in reply to 16 – tickets for ‘in-person’ events cost £15

64. weeharry - June 3, 2010

oops ;)

65. captain_neill - June 3, 2010

congrats to Sir Patrick. A great honour for one of the one of the greatest actors.

66. Holger - June 3, 2010

So now it’s official. Congratulations, again, Sir Patrick.

67. Dovile - June 3, 2010

Congratulatins, Sir!

68. Nuallain - June 3, 2010

#27: But the Queen’s role is purely ceremonial. The “patrons” who decide who receives a knighthood are the democratically elected government of the day.

The honour is essentially the same as a US citizen receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom. The fact that, by tradition, the Queen stands in to represent the nation at the ceremony, rather than the PM, hardly diminishes the honour, or its democratic credentials.

69. fax_ - June 3, 2010

#59. Buzz Cagney
[ everyone else please ignore this incredibly long and barely article-relevant reply (!) ]

No, not republican in the sense of ridding the country of the monarchy, since as I noted the monarchy has no real power (the government writes the Queen’s speech, the Queen can only dissolve parliament viz. calling a general election upon the PM’s ‘recommendation’ or after the 5yr term ends, can only appoint the seals of office to the leader of the party with a majority in the House of Commons, and gives the Royal Assent to law automatically if it is been passed by Parliament.) In the same fashion, despite being the titular ‘head of the armed forces and Church of England’, it is the PM who has responsibility for use of the armed forces, and it is the PM who selects clergy in the Church of England (from a list provided by the church, admittedly). Even under a ‘hung parliament’ the Queen is held under convention to ask the leader of the largest party to form a minority government or a coalition (provided the incumbent does not wish to take his first right to attempting to form a new government) which makes all that media nonsense about how the Queen might play a role in the recent elections utter ill-informed. Only George VI in recent history was under the false impression that he could constitutionally intervene in governance in a time of crisis, but was unable to do so at the greatest time of crisis (WWII), but no British Monarchy for a long time has had any genuine power (other than that bestowed by the media). Insofar as the monarchy exists in Britain, it only serves as a method of attracting social approval overseas (through her preservation of the genteel English spirit that so is so sorely lacking in real modern day Britain).

I do however believe in a democratically elected House of Lords, and moreover a more meritocratic and scientific governance as opposed to the present system of generalists who are ill suited for their posts. Given a scientific and objective approach to government I would support a reduction in power of the PM (but not without, since in a purely populist ‘cult of personality’ democracy I suppose some central accrual of power is a pragmatic necessity) primarily on the basis that through patronage (the PM retains full uni-lateral authority over who to appoint to his cabinet, uni-lateral control over the cabinet agenda, summing-up of cabinet sessions and the cabinet minutes) and the whip system interests are not fairly debated within government, although I do prefer the PM culture to that of the US presidency, which strikes me as a ‘cult of personality’ gone mad. Of course, as with proportional representation, the increased equity in debate and decision making reduces the speed and efficacy of government, but I maintain that in a scientifically oriented political system any loss would be counterbalanced by a gain from reduced time-wasting in Parliament (that is: the removal of rhetoric, straw-man and personal party politics).

As things are, we are in trouble of mistaking the ability to please the PM with intelligence, value and suitability for government positions. Equally we are replacing quantitative logical debate with qualitative populist (often ill-informed) vitriol (e.g. which damns bankers for acting rationally under a flawed system, as opposed to a flawed system for giving false incentives). To fix this requires fixing society and culture itself, not simply the government (otherwise it would be deemed undemocratic), so I remain uncertain as to whether an ideological and initially centralised government would be necessary to bring about such drastic change (akin to the Thatcherite revolution, which forever improved [arguably, but assume she did improve it for the logic of the argument] the British system, at the expense of the incredible accrual of power to the PM given above). One of the first steps is a written constitution (where we not have the Queen) which leaves less room for ambiguity and hence less room for developing ‘accepted practices’ which so dominate government undemocratically AND without intelligent informed debate, and a second step would include educating the British people about their system of governance so that they are no longer under the illusions of monarchial power or the extent of British democracy. That does not mean we need to do away with the Queen of course – she would just be a figurehead to advertise to other countries.

Just my opinion, but I hope it satisfied your interest (haha!) I’d love to hear yours :)

70. Chris Dawson - June 3, 2010

Congratulations Sir Patrick Stewart!

71. Nemesis4909 - June 3, 2010

Well those Edinburgh tickets sold out in less than 10 minutes, gutting. I’m gonna go up on the day and hang around anyway. I might get the chance to meet him.

Good idea or bad? Discuss

72. John from Cincinnati - June 3, 2010


Thanks for the diatribe Sheldon.

73. weeharry - June 3, 2010

the website crashed at midday so i jumped on a bus to the box office but as 71 mentioned the tickets had sold out very quickly.


did manage to pick up tickets for a few movies tho

74. Steve - June 3, 2010

Redo all of the TNG etc credits to “Sir Patrick Stewart”! :D

75. Buzz Cagney - June 3, 2010

#69 Fax, thanks for the reply. I’m just back from a long, tiring but very enjoyable day in our fine Capital of London doing some sightseeing and London Eye trip, so I’m not really up to reading your post just yet.
I will do though, in the next day or so.
Blimey it was hot! Yes, hot! In London!. I’m sunburnt!

76. fax_ - June 3, 2010

#75. Buzz Cagney

Yes, we’ve had some scorching days of late haven’t we? Perfect day for going up the Eye though: a clear blue sky to the horizon I should imagine, but doubtless crowded with people. Remember to blow your nose to get all that London black stuff out. I’m cooped up working, envying you sunbathers outside.

77. Bradley1701 - June 3, 2010

#69 – I see where you are coming from and as you can imagine what you wish to achieve is far more difficult than you can imagine and as we have seen from governments of republics, they are no better off and in fact are sometimes worse than those of constitutional monarchies…especially considering the head of state is partisan and especially in times when minority governments are becoming common place. It is nice to have a non-partisan monarch who will remain the foundation of government and our institutions, even when the House seems to be falling apart…our Governor General has played a major role in politics as we’ve had a minority government for 10 years and it’s been a difficult process. Thank heavens for being a constitutional monarchy!

In Canada, our monarchy (Her Majesty being Queen of Canada) cannot be removed unless there is a unanimous vote from all of the Legislative Assemblies at the provincial level, the House of Commons and the Senate (our version of the House of Lords) and that is never ever going to happen in the history of mankind considering our politicians can’t even decide on what coffee to serve in Parliament without proroguing or bringing in confidence motions hahahaha

78. fax_ - June 3, 2010

77# Bradley1701

Therein lies the difference. Canadian politicians squabble over coffee, whereas British ones tumble over tea.

Interesting though, I hadn’t thought much about Commonwealth nations which use the Queen as constitutional monarch. What sort of attachment do you feel to England, given the perpetual monarchical link?

79. Bradley1701 - June 3, 2010

#78 fax_

haha True enough!

It is about 50/50. If our school systems actually taught how our government worked, more people would be knowledgable about it. Half the country doesn’t know how the country is supposed to work and the other half does support a constitutional monarchy…all of our systems are identical to England’s. Part of the strong attachment to the UK/the Queen is that without it we would become the next state of the USA. I think that Canadians respect the non-partisan position of the sovereign. In some republics, lets use the US as an example, look at how often the President vetoes bills from the lower houses simply out of politics whether or not it is good for the people.

80. red dead ryan huyton - June 3, 2010

“Make it Sir!”

81. Darío - June 4, 2010

congratulations from Uruguay Planet

82. Buzz Cagney - June 6, 2010

#69 fax, that made for an interesting read. I fear, however, that anything I would say would only make obvious my ignorance compared to you!
I will ponder it and if I can think of anything that may rank as vaguely inteligent I will do my best to post it in such a way that i don’t make a prick of myself lol

I will say your line about the ‘genteel English spirit being sorely lacking’ resonated very strongly with me. It is tragic at just how harsh the English/British have become, isn’t it. I know its a generality, but it does have the ring of truth about it. Very sad. I wonder why that is?
We should all be made to wear Panama hats. Nobody could be impolite wearing one of those. lol

83. Buzz Cagney - June 6, 2010

and yes, fax, London was blue sky and very busy. But great fun. I liked Leicester Square and found myself picturing last years Trek premiere there.
Will definitely going back over the summer to do the Museums. One of the last Governments obviously good decisions- making the Museums free entry!

84. fax_ - June 6, 2010


I’m sure many of the things you think might sound ignorant would be fair points, but my post was a little overwhelming perhaps ;p. But while the structure of the government is fact, there are plenty of reasonable ways of disagreeing with my semi-solutions/concepts of better governance. Like I said, I myself remain uncertain about the right practical balance.

As for the disappearance of the British gentleman… I have some ideas, but not presently the time to write them down (not that you want to read such a long postulate in any case!). A great shame as you said, but then culture has been moving in ‘this direction’ for a while now, and all over the world…

Free museums are wonderful things (although I could never quite muster enough enthusiasm to visit the Pencil Museum last time I was in Keswick) since there is insufficient demand for them to survive as independent businesses. Tend to be looked after by enthusiasts too because of their nature, and they inherently do a great job. Glad to see someone appreciating them instead of wasting the opportunity. You should read up on everything first, then impress a date with lengthy explanations [doesn’t that work? I knew I had to be doing something wrong]

85. Buzz Cagney - June 6, 2010

“but my post was a little overwhelming perhaps”
In fairness it probably was. And a bit intimidating if I’m honest. And I mean that in an ‘i’m impressed’ kind of way. You appear to be well educated and thoughtful. And I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you wear a panama!

No, I think a Pencil Museum would stretch my interest! I was thinking more along the lines of The Natural History and Science Museums!

86. Ana - June 8, 2010

I want to say that I am truely happy for Sir Patrick. He has done a crear Job promoting Shakespeare works for the new generations and for non- English people like myself. I think his knighthood is well deserved!

87. sueper - June 12, 2010

Fax I visited the pencil museum some years ago while at a loose end in Keswick. Its a shame you didnt take a look it was far more interesting than expected

88. fax_ - June 12, 2010


Ah! Then I shall look into next time I am in the vicinity, and be it on your head if it is anything less than spectacular (although I do hear they have the worlds longest colour pencil). I was only there on a camping trip before – and there were a bunch of scouts I had to look after at the time, so to be honest it wasn’t very practical, and I may well indeed have taken a look out of curiosity otherwise. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.