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Now It’s Sir Elton

Wed., Dec. 31, 1997, midnight

Elton John, the flamboyant pop star who moved millions with his “Candle in the Wind” tribute at Princess Diana’s funeral, received a knighthood Wednesday. The 50-year-old singer and songwriter was among nearly 1,000 people given titles or other awards in Queen Elizabeth I’s New Year Honors list. “My joy at now receiving this great new honor is immeasurable,” says John who was honored “for services to music and for charitable services.” He’ll go to Buckingham Palace for the formal investiture sometime in 1998.

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