Queen legend Sir Brian May says he's "very thrilled and very touched" by the reaction to his knighthood

Sir Brian May
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Queen guitarist Brian May has thanked fans for the outpouring of love he has received following the news of his knighthood in the New Year Honours List.

May, 75, has been made a Knight Bachelor by King Charles III "for services to music and charity." The guitarist was made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005.

Taking to Instagram after the announcement of his new honour, May posted a video message, saying: "Thank you so much for all your messages of congratulations. I’m very thrilled and very touched by the love that’s come from you and the support. I will do my very best to be worthy. Thank you and much love from Sir Bri."

See his post below:

On being recognised for his campaigning work, May had earlier told BBC News,"This is a kind of licence, a kind of commission to carry on doing what I'm doing, and it gives me a bit more power to my elbow. So I'm very happy about that."

Last month, May told Variety that he hoped Queen would undertake a tour with vocalist Adam Lambert "one more time" in 2023.

In an interview posted on the Variety website on November 16, the guitarist said: "There’s a strong possibility that we’ll be going out together again. We’re talking about that as you and I speak, making those decisions. Now, it does get to be more of a decision as you get older. I’m not 35 anymore, and leaving home for two months is not easy.

"But we feel as like if we’re all fit and well, that we’d like to go out there one more time. It would probably be in the United States in 2023 at some point. I’m hoping that happens, but it’s a strong possibility."

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.