- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 14, 2002

LONDON (AP) Brash, bold New York met the rarefied world of royal pomp yesterday as Queen Elizabeth II made former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani an honorary knight for his steadfastness after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Former New York Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen and former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik became honorary Commanders of the British Empire. Both said they accepted the awards on behalf of the 366 New York police and firefighters killed when the World Trade Center fell, and the thousands who dug through the wreckage later.
Mr. Giuliani said at a later meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair that he often thought of Londoners' fortitude during the Nazi bombing raids of World War II.
"A number of times I said to the people of New York, 'If the people of Britain can go through the Battle of Britain, being bombed for 13 months, we can accept this and overcome it,'" he recalled.
The queen received the three New Yorkers in Buckingham Palace's gilded ballroom at the end of a ceremony.
Elizabeth handed each of the three an open case containing a blue and red enameled cross on a red ribbon, which they all donned later in the day. Mr. Giuliani also received the Star of the Knight Commander, a jewel-encrusted silver medal.
He did not kneel before the queen for the traditional touching of the sword on each shoulder, a protocol reserved for British subjects who receive a full knighthood.
Asked if he thought anybody would call him "Sir Rudy," a title he is not entitled to use as an honorary knight, although he can place the letters KBE after his name, Mr. Giuliani laughed and said, "They won't call me that in Brooklyn."


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