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The Decorated Sir Elton John

The Decorated Sir Elton John

“… Holmes refused a knighthood for services which may perhaps some day be described.”

– The Adventure of the Three Garridebs – (3GAR)

Elton John receiving his Knighthood, 1998

During his long and illustrious career, Elton John has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth II on three separate occasions, in addition to being awarded the Legion of Honor from France. Firstlet’s discuss his first British honor, in the New Years Eve Honours 1996, John was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

The badge for the CBE is in the form of a cross patonce (having the arms growing broader and floriated toward the end), the obverse of which bears the left facing busts of King George V and Queen Mary; the reverse bears George V’s Royal and Imperial Cypher. Both are within a ring bearing the motto of the Order. The badges are enamelled with pale blue crosses and crimson ring, and is suspended from a ribbon that is rose-pink with pearl-grey edges, with the addition of a pearl-grey central stripe for the military division.

On Febrary 24, 1998, John became Sir Elton John when the Queen honoured him. At the top of this post is a picture of John, with his family, after the ceremony.

Unlike when Sir Arthur Conan Doyler received his knighthood in 1902, John was presented with a 2 3/8 by 1 3/8 inch medallion was created. The insignia is described as “Upon an oval medallion of vermilion, enclosed by a scroll a cross-hilted sword belted and sheathed, pommel upwards, between two spurs, rowels upwards, the whole set about with the sword belt, all gilt.”

Most recently, in the New Years Eve Honours 2020, it was announced that John was named as a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) for services to music and to charity. Due to the COID-19 pandemic, this has not yet had a ceremony scheduled.

The order is an oval medallion, surmounted by an imperial crown, and with a rectangular panel within, depicting on it an oak tree, a shield with the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom hanging from one branch, and, on the left, a mounted knight in armour. The insignia’s blue border bears in gold letters the motto IN ACTION FAITHFUL AND IN HONOUR CLEAR. Men wear the badge on a neck ribbon (red with golden border threads).

On June 21, 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron awarded John as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Macron’s office declared John a “melodic genius” and one of the first gay artists to give a voice to the LGBT community.

British singer-songwriter Elton John addresses a crowd in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace in Paris, on June 21, 2019, as part of a ceremony in which he was awarded the French Legion of Honour from the French president.  ~ Photo by Lewis Joly / AFP / Getty Images

For more information about the various levels of the French Legion of Honour, we encourage you to read our earlier post on the honour.

Executive Producer of Sherlock Gnomes Featured on 2020 UK Coins

Executive Producer of Sherlock Gnomes Featured on 2020 UK Coins

“… still standing in the doorway …” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN) The British Royal Mint has recently announced the second design of there series “Music Legends” will feature Sir Elton John. We are only mentioning this here as John served as a Executive Producer on the Sherlock Gnomes film. You can read more… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: Jeremy Brett on Fantasy £10 Bank of Sherlock Holmes Banknote

HolmeWork Assignment: Jeremy Brett on Fantasy £10 Bank of Sherlock Holmes Banknote

“… before I take ten pounds from you.” – The Adventure of the Six Napoleons (SIXN) For this HolmeWork assignment, we have a very blurry photograph of a fantasy £10 Bank of Sherlock Holmes note that features Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. Notice that we only have a picture of the front of the note here… Continue Reading

Fantasy £100 Bank of Baker Street Notes Feature BBC Sherlock Cast

Fantasy £100 Bank of Baker Street Notes Feature BBC Sherlock Cast

” … for the sake of a few hundred pounds. “  – The Red-Headed League (REDH) We have another fantasy bank note, this a £100 note from the fictional Bank of Baker Street. The front of this 76 millimeters by 140 millimeters note features larger portraits of John Watson and Sherlock Holmes on the right, while… Continue Reading

Oops! They Did It Again!

Oops! They Did It Again!

“Possibly there is some mistake.” – The Adventure of the Creeping Man” We have come across another minting error involving one of the 2019 United Kingdom Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coins. Unlike the clipping errors we highlighted in our April 2020 post, this coin has two separate and entirely different errors. First, right above Sherlock’s… Continue Reading

2019 Bank of Eternity £1M Notes Feature Cumberbatch

2019 Bank of Eternity £1M Notes Feature Cumberbatch

 “… notice into eternity.” – The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge (WIST) Living Waters Europe, an online organization inspiring and equipping Christians, created a series of celebrity £1M banknotes featuring 9 different celebrities that include Benedict Cumberbatch of BBC’s Sherlock fame. The other celebrities honored in this series are: Albert Einstein, Ant and Dec, Daniel Craig, Daniel Redcliffe, David Beckham, Jamie Oliver, Mr… Continue Reading

Lapel Pins from Elementary’s Sherlock

Lapel Pins from Elementary’s Sherlock

“… spoke of the meticulous care in dress for which he was famous.” – The Adventure of the Illustrious Client (ILLU) Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller – Elementary Season 2 promo picture The internet is a vast and wondrous place. Having a little bit of free time lately, your editior has found online collections… Continue Reading

Some Mistakes Were Made

Some Mistakes Were Made

“Possibly there is some mistake.” – The Adventure of the Creeping Man” During the process of striking several thousand coins for circulation, it is quite likely that few error coins will slip through. One of the most common errors to be found are incomplete planchet errors, more commonly known as “clips.” As the above illustration… Continue Reading

The Conan Doyle Shooting Competition Medals of the NRA of the United Kingdom

The Conan Doyle Shooting Competition Medals of the NRA of the United Kingdom

“He pulled me out once from under the rifles of the Boers …” – The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (BLAN) After returning home from serving in the Boer War, Arthur Conan Doyle became a huge advocate for the local citizens to learn how to fire rifles and other small firearms as a measure of… Continue Reading