Lewis Hamilton will be on Queen Elizabeth’s honor roll for a knighthood in the New Year, British media reported.
Nigeria online news I learned from reports in The Sun and Daily Mail that Hamilton qualified for the honor after winning his seventh world championship last week.
The Sun, citing the Government Honors Committee, said the Hamilton tax controversy will not be an impediment.
Hamilton’s tax affairs are “in order,” a committee member said.
A knighthood is a title that a British king or queen bestows on a man for his achievements or service to his country.
A man who has been awarded the title of knight can put “Lord” in front of his name instead of “Lord.”
Hamilton himself has previously downplayed calls for a knighthood, saying: “I have not saved any lives, I am not a forgotten hero like the NHS staff or Captain Sir Tom Moore.”
But he told the BBC that if he were awarded the honor, it would be the happiest day of his life to meet the Queen again.
Hamilton, who lives in Monaco, was honored with an MBE by the Queen in 2008, just after winning the Formula One championship as a McLaren driver.
The MBE stands for Member of the British Empire.
Hamilton, who was born in Stevenage, was then only 23 years old.
Since then, he has recorded more successes in Formula One and won more titles than legend Michael Schumacher.
Hamilton surely looks forward to the new honor.
“Like everyone else, I have grown up worshiping the royal family,” he told the BBC.
“If one day I feel honored to be in front of the queen again, it would be the happiest day to see her again.
“She is an icon, an amazing person,” he said.