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Fantasy author Terry Pratchett has carved out a career as a best-selling author with tales of wizards and sorcerers. Now he has been made a real-life knight, honored alongside Olympic athletes and rock singer Robert Plant in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year honors list.

The British writer, who is known for his "Discworld" series of novels and has sold more than 55 million books worldwide, given a knighthood Wednesday. Pratchett, who won a lesser honor in 1998, announced last year that he has early onset Alzheimer’s, a rare form of the disease.

"There are times when phrases such as ’totally astonished’ just don’t do the job," said Pratchett, 60. "I am of course delighted and honored and — needless to say — flabbergasted."

Plant, a Grammy-winning singer and the frontman of heavy metal pioneers Led Zeppelin, was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, in the annual list.

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Fantasy author Terry Pratchett has carved out a career as a best-selling author with tales of wizards and sorcerers. Now he has been made a real-life knight, honored alongside Olympic athletes and rock singer Robert Plant in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year honors list.

The British writer, who is known for his "Discworld" series of novels and has sold more than 55 million books worldwide, given a knighthood Wednesday. Pratchett, who won a lesser honor in 1998, announced last year that he has early onset Alzheimer’s, a rare form of the disease.

"There are times when phrases such as ’totally astonished’ just don’t do the job," said Pratchett, 60. "I am of course delighted and honored and — needless to say — flabbergasted."

Plant, a Grammy-winning singer and the frontman of heavy metal pioneers Led Zeppelin, was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, in the annual list.

ok, as a naive American..what does this mean?

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ok, as a naive American..what does this mean?

It means he outranks Jimmy - Robert is a Commander of the Empire whilst Jimmy "just" got an OBE, Order of the British Empire. They both outrank the Beatles, however, who got the MBE.

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It means he outranks Jimmy - Robert is a Commander of the Empire whilst Jimmy "just" got an OBE, Order of the British Empire. They both outrank the Beatles, however, who got the MBE.

Paul McCartney received a KBE title in 1997.

And the O in OBE means officer.

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Paul McCartney received a KBE title in 1997.

And the O in OBE means officer.

OBE = Officer of the order of the British Empire.

Well done Mr P! but Mr P may be the type to refuse or hand it back, hope not of course.

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It's surely better than some other political/social systems, but just not my cup of tea because the class divisions are so obvious and people are "subjects". That's all.

No worries, and actually, the British are in fact citizens. Only certain commonwealth persons are still called subjects.

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No worries, and actually, the British are in fact citizens. Only certain commonwealth persons are still called subjects.

Definitely not us! :o

Sir Robert of Kidderminster has a certain air about it.

This is for you Alison.

Not quite knightly but definitely lordly!

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Just looked it up on the honours web site, and here's what you get them for:

CBE

Awarded for:

a prominent national role of a lesser degree; or

a conspicuous leading role in regional affairs, through achievement or service to the community; or

making a highly distinguished, innovative contribution in his or her area of activity.

OBE

Awarded for:

a distinguished regional or country-wide role in any field;

through achievement or service to the community;

including notable practitioners known nationally

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