Giuliani Knighted, but ‘Sir Rudy’ He Isn’t

Times Staff and Wire Reports

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani was knighted, but don’t call him sir.

Queen Elizabeth II named Giuliani Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his “outstanding help and support to the bereaved British families in New York.”

The honorary knighthood does not carry the title “Sir Rudolph,” but it does allow the mayor to put the initials K.B.E. after his name.


“Just call me Rudy,” Giuliani said. “I always like that.”

The queen also bestowed honorary titles--Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire--on Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen for their service after the World Trade Center attacks. The titles allow them to use the initials C.B.E.