Friday, May 17, 2013

Luke Donald Now an MBE (But Don't Call Him Sir)

We've always considered Luke Donald chivalrous. Now, the Queen of England does, too. Donald was inducted into Britain's order of chivalry when he was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Better-known as an M.B.E.

There are five British orders of chivalry, and M.B.E. is actually the lowest. Luke doesn't even get to be called "Sir." But although it's the lowest of chivalric orders, it's a very high honor. The Golf Channel noted:
Donald was awarded the MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), an honor bestowed upon civilians and service personnel for public service and other distinctions. The Englishman was noted for his work both on and off the golf course, having held the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings for a total of 55 weeks in addition to helping organizations like the First Tee raise millions of dollars for junior golf.
 
"I am truly honored to be awarded an MBE by her Majesty," Donald said in a released statement. "Both personally and professionally, 2011 and 2012 were very significant seasons for me and I'm touched that my accomplishments have been recognized in this way."
Luke tweeted a photo of himself and his wife following the ceremony:



Nice tails! And nice hat!

The most amazing thing about the ceremony was that after giving Donald the medal, the Queen bellowed out, "Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuke!"

Here is a closer look at the MBE medal, front and back:

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