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(Posted: June 20, 2003. Got a tip to share? Email us.)

david gilmourDavid Gilmour receives CBE citation
Pink Floyd guitarist honored for his charity work

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour was honored last week with the citation of Commander of the British Empire (CBE). The honor, one step below knighthood, was bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II.

Gilmour was cited for his charity work. He recently donated nearly $6 million to the homeless organization Crisis. He was in the news in January 2002 when he donated nearly $6.5 million to the same organization.

A number of people from the entertainment world received citations along with Gilmour, including Sting, CBE; Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers), MBE; Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), MBE; Errol Brown (Hot Chocolate), MBE; and actor Roger Moore, who was knighted for his work with UNICEF and the Kiwanis International children's charity.

While the honors are given by the Queen, they are most often selected by members of the British government, sometimes after public nominations.

In descending order, the Queen's honors are knighthoods, Commander of the British Empire (CBE), Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) and Officer of the British Empire (OBE). Gilmour and others who are awarded citations below knighthood have no title, but can choose to put the letters after their names.

(Thanks to Gerry McLaughlin and Samuel Clements for the heads up. Got a tip to share? Email us.)

(Posted: June 20, 2003)

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