Elton John has been called many things -- including flamboyant, campy and over-the-top. Now, add "Sir" to the list.
The 50-year-old rock star, who moved millions with his "Candle in the Wind" tribute at Princess Diana's funeral, was among nearly 1,000 people knighted or otherwise honored today by Queen Elizabeth II.
Others on the queen's New Year Honors list included renowned science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, singer Petula Clark and the chauffeur who drove Diana's hearse.
The honors list included the last governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, and actor Michael Gambon.
Screen actress Deborah Kerr, who stared with Burt Lancaster in the classic film "From Here To Eternity," was also belatedly honored at aged 76 with the title Commander of the Order of British Empire, or CBE.