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Michael Palin Now a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)

Michael Palin Now a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list”

The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC)

 

Monty Python’s Michael Palin hosted the April 8, 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live and portrayed Holmes in a sketch

Michael Palin’s name is familiar to fans of Monty Python, but many are not familiar with his brief connection to Sherlock Holmes. On the April 8, 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live, Palin was the guest host. During the episode, Palin portrayed Holmes in a sketch entitled “The Case of the Scarlet Membrane” and had a severe cocaine addiction. This would be the first time that Holmes was portrayed on SNL in the history of the show.

On December 28, 2018, it was announced that Palin had been appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) for services to travel, culture and geography in the 2019 New Year Honours. He received his insignia this past June 13th.

The badge is the only insignia used by all members of the Order; it is suspended on a blue-crimson-blue ribbon. Knights Commanders and male Companions wear the badge from a ribbon around the neck; Dames Commanders and female Companions wear it from a bow on the left shoulder. The badge is a seven-armed, white-enamelled Maltese Cross); the obverse shows St. Michael trampling on Satan, while the reverse shows St. George on horseback killing a dragon, both within a dark blue ring bearing the motto of the Order.

The star is an insignia is worn pinned to the left breast. The Knight and Dame Grand Cross’ star includes seven-armed, silver-rayed “Maltese Asterisk” (for want of a better description—see photo of badge), with a gold ray in between each pair of arms. The Knight and Dame Commander’s star is a slightly smaller eight-pointed silver figure formed by two Maltese Crosses; it does not include any gold rays. In each case, the star bears a red cross of S.t George. In the center of the star is a dark blue ring bearing the motto of the Order. Within the ring is a representation of St. Michael trampling on Satan.

Palin had previously been appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to television in the 2000 New Year Honours list. 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.

We are going to add that Palin’s Monty Python costar, John Cleese, was offered a CBE back in 1996 and declined the honor. Cleese would portray Holmes in the 1977 film The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It.

 

Strike Your Own Sherlock 50 Pence Coin at the Royal Mint Starting on June 28

Strike Your Own Sherlock 50 Pence Coin at the Royal Mint Starting on June 28

“… in the most striking manner…” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) The British Royal Mint has announced that Stephen Raw, textural artist and designer of the 2019 UK Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coin, will be presenting on “Making Language Visible” as part of the of the Royal Mint’s Tales from the Mint program on Thursday,… Continue Reading

British Royal Mint’s Presentation Folder of the Uncirculated 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence Coin

British Royal Mint’s Presentation Folder of the Uncirculated 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence Coin

“We know there has been a presentation.” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) For those folks who purchased individual uncirculated specimens of the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coins, the British Royal Mint packaged the coin in an 8-panel presentation folder. Our good friend, and 61st Garrideb, Ross E. Davies, has convinced us that it… Continue Reading

British Royal Mint’s Pamphlet for 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence Proof Coins

British Royal Mint’s Pamphlet for 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence Proof Coins

“… every line of my pamphlet should be devoted to his own special doings.” -The Sign of Four (SIGN) The British Royal Mint produced a 16 page pamphlet that accompanies each of the three individual 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coins (silver, silver piedfort and gold). We have reproduced the pamphlet here as a matter-of-record post… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: Coins of the Canon Cards

HolmeWork Assignment: Coins of the Canon Cards

“There is my card” – The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist (SOLI) Once again, we come to our readers with our irregular feature, the HolmeWork Assignment, where we ask for input and suggestions to find out more information on an item. This time around we have the Sherlock Holmes Coins in the Canon cards, which is pictured above.… Continue Reading

Royal Mint Sells Out of Individual Gold & Silver Proof Sherlock Holmes Coins

Royal Mint Sells Out of Individual Gold & Silver Proof Sherlock Holmes Coins

“… but we sold out …” – The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot (DEVI) In checking the website of the British Royal Mint this morning, they are no longer selling individual specimens of the sterling silver or gold proof 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coins. However, you can still obtain these coins in the annual sets… Continue Reading

Waterstones Issued Sherlock Holmes Themed Gift Cards

Waterstones Issued Sherlock Holmes Themed Gift Cards

“… like all special gifts …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) At one time or another, most of us have received prepaid gift cards as presents, either for birthday or holidays or other special occasions. Many retail firms offer up a variety of designs to potential customers, and the British book store chain of Waterstones is… Continue Reading

Javier Barahona Alvarez’s Holmes Portrait Engraving on a 1921 British Penny

Javier Barahona Alvarez’s Holmes Portrait Engraving on a 1921 British Penny

“It might be his portrait.” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files and perhaps some punches. In the years since the OHNS… Continue Reading

The 1993 Sherlock Holmes Stamps First Day Cover

The 1993 Sherlock Holmes Stamps First Day Cover

“Holmes stopped at a post office…” – The Adventure of the Creeping Man (CREE) In 1993, the Royal Mail issued a set of 5 24-pence stamps featuring scenes from different Sherlock Holmes stories. Fleetwood, the philatelic collectibles firm, issued a Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC) featuring the stamps along with a Victorian farthing and penny. The envelopes… Continue Reading