Honour for Bob Hope

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VETERAN comedian and entertainer Bob Hope has been awarded an honorary knighthood.

News of the award from the Queen, which was presented at the British Embassy in Washington DC, was announced in February by the Prime Minister Tony Blair during a visit to the United States.

The award is in recognition of the contribution of London-born Mr Hope, who will be 95 on 29 May, to the worlds of song and film.

It is also seen as a reward for his long record in entertaining troops in the past.