Knighthood for Gates
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
(SNN) Today at Buckingham Palace, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth made Bill Gates the title KBE (Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). Gates and his wife said they were pleased to accept the award which is given for contributions to British interests.
Gates and his wife said they were pleased to accept the award
Later, while speaking to the press, Gates said that the Queen had admitted to him that she was not very technically savvy, but that “all the kids do (use computers) and they are very useful … but typing is not as natural for her as it is for young people."
the UK has been significant in shaping [Microsoft's] international growth
"It's a great honor to have the association with this country and receive an award like this," Mr Gates said. The UK was the first country in which Microsoft set up a subsidiary outside the US and our experience in the UK has been significant in shaping our international growth."
In exchange for the knighthood, The Queen will receive 100,000 shares of Microsoft Stock, valued at 1.3 million pounds, and Price Harry will receive an X-Box and a copy of Halo 2. Gates will now be able to pass laws over Wales and the Hebrides.