Sir Michael Palin managed to suppress a joke while collecting the & # 39; incredible & # 39; honor of a knighthood of the duke of Cambridge for his career after Monty Python.
The writer and broadcaster William was called a knight as a service for travel, culture and geography, making him the first star of the sketch show to receive the honor.
The couple discussed travel, while Sir Michael defied the temptation to make a joke during the Buckingham Palace investment on Wednesday. & # 39; He was talking about where I was going, all parts of the world that I really wanted to go to, I didn't have that – what I normally hear Middlesbrough about, & # 39; said the channel.
Sir Michael, 76, was knighted today by the Duke of Cambridge for travel, culture, and geography services after his successful second career as a travel writer and TV presenter
Sir Michael raised the price and declared him Knight Commander in the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George
Instead, he went for the distant location of Kazakhstan.
So far, Sir Michael is the only Python to be knighted, but he said John Cleese has rejected the opportunity.
& # 39; I think I'm probably the only one. John rejected it. I think so. He is rather mysterious about that, & said Sir Michael.
It has not been confirmed that Cleese opted to become a knight, but he refused a CBE in 1996 and said it was a greater honor to have a lemur named after him than to receive a knighthood or nobility.
Sir Michael acknowledged that his honor was for his later work and praised others for recognizing talents that he was never aware of.
He praised the & miraculous & # 39; experience of receiving an honor that he said was 50 years ago & # 39; incredible & # 39; had been for his younger self when the Pythons formed.
& # 39; It is very, very nice to be recognized, & # 39; he added.
The 76-year-old was accompanied at the inauguration ceremony by Vernon Unsworth, one of the divers who helped with the dangerous rescue of a young soccer team trapped in a Thai cave.
After being made an MBE for his cave diving service, Mr. Unsworth described the experience as & # 39; very humiliating and fantastic & # 39 ;.
Mr. Unsworth, a financial advisor living in Walthamstow, north-west London, was one of the team members who helped save the 12 boys who were trapped deep in the Tham Luang network due to a flood last June.
Sir Michael (given that he received a medal during the ceremony) is best known for his role in the Monty Python sketches, alongside John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and the late Graham Chapman
The veteran actor paid tribute to his Monty Python co-stars and their relationship when he was named in the New Years Honors list
But the exploits led to an extraordinary feud with Elon Musk, about which he sues the billionaire businessman for libel.
Unsworth said the small Tesla submarine he had asked for the rescue was a & # 39; PR stunt & # 39; and Mr. Musk rewarded the diver with a & # 39; pedo & # 39; in a tweet.
Mr. Unsworth, 64, said: & It doesn't change anything today. I really have to think of other people and give them the pleasure they deserve. Today is about today and is nothing else. & # 39;
Captain Hannah Graf, who became the most important transgender woman in the British army after the start of her transition during a tour through Afghanistan, collected an MBE for her services to the LGBTQ community in the army.
The 32-year-old member of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers praised the British embrace of the trans-community in the army – and focused on Donald Trump's ban in the US.
Ik I think they (the US) should definitely reconsider their position because there are hardworking, highly educated, motivated people with a deep integrity who are losing their job in the US military because of this archaic law.
Capt Graf, by contrast, originally from Cardiff, said that William & # 39; very supportive & # 39; was discussing her and his experiences in the transgender community in the RAF.
An undated photo of Monty Python & # 39; s Flying Circus. Pictured left (first row): Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones. BackL Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Terry Gillam
Vernon Unsworth collected an MBE for cave diving service after helping a team of 12 young boys lock up in the Tham Luand Nang Non Cave in Chang Rai, Thailand
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