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Retired Senator Richard Lugar To Be Knighted

Sen. Richard Lugar speaks at the 32nd Annual Armed Forces Day Ceremony and activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 20, 2012.

Former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) will soon become a knight.

Lugar will be given the rank of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in a ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the United States, will preside over the ceremony.

Lugar will not hold the title of “sir,” which is reserved for royal subjects.

Lugar has long been known for his work in foreign policy, including the creation of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program that helped eliminate nuclear warheads around the world. During his time in office, Lugar was also the Senate leader on European security affairs.

Lugar continues to work with British and European allies on energy security, weapons nonproliferation and global food security through The Lugar Center.

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