The knighting of Patrick Stewart this past week has garnered much international attention. While an officer of the fictional Starfleet since 1987, Stewart is now an Officer of the British Empire and has the title of "Sir." Some of those talking about Stewart’s knighthood were his TNG co-stars via Twitter.
Sir Tweeting from the TNG Twitterers
As noted in TrekMovie’s Top 2009 Celebrity news, TNG stars LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner and Wil Wheaton have become a leading ‘gang of three’ celebrity Twitter stars. All three jumped into the post-knighthood buzz for Patrick Stewart.
It was kicked off by LeVar Burton who tweeted
@levarburton: Congratulations Patrick, on your Knighthood…!
this was followed by Wheaton:
@wilw: You know what’s even more wonderful for me than finding out that Patrick is going to be knighted? Finding out from @levarburton.
and then this series by Spiner, who views his Tweets like some form of performance art:
@brentspiner: Hip hip hooray! Congratulations to my friend, Patrick Stewart. I cant believe he’s being made King of England!
@brentspiner: Guess I wasn’t completely correct about Patrick. Apparently he’ll be King of Scotland, Wales and North Ireland, as well.
@brentspiner: Wait, you mean he’s not going to be K…oh. Well, a Knight is good too, right? Hooray for Sir Patrick! He still lives with the Queen, right?
Sirs Obi Wan and Picard
This week, by coincidence, the Weekly Standard has an article about the British secret service by Harvey Klehr, and features a picture from the BBC television movie "Smiley’s People" (1982) which starred the already knighted Sir Alec Guinness (Guinness was knighted in 1959) and the future "Sir" Patrick Stewart as a character named Karla. The photo isn’t just of a "once and future sir" but also of the "already" Obi Wan Kenobi and "future" Captain Jean Luc Picard!
Picard and Guinness…Space Knights
Sir Patrick in San Francisco
Stewart will be appearing on the same day as another Trek icon William Shatner at the January 23-24th Creation Entertainment Official Star Trek Convention (Stewart and Shatner are scheduled for Sunday).