Queen’s guitarist Brian May is among Buckingham Palace’s honorees

Sir Brian May will be among those honored at Buckingham Palace later after he was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours.

As the talented guitarist for rock band Queen, the 75-year-old is responsible for some of the biggest riffs in popular music, from the hit single on Don’t Stop Me Now to the melodic tunes of Somebody To Love.

Along with the late Freddie Mercury, guitarist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor, he recorded numerous numbers during the group’s heyday in the 1980s, touring around the world.

The musician, astrophysicist and animal welfare advocate is being honored for his services to music and philanthropy.

Sir Brian is no stranger to Buckingham Palace, having performed during his Golden Jubilee in 2002, playing the guitar solo for God Save The Queen from the rooftop of the famous royal residence.

In June last year, he performed at Platinum Jubilee, where the late King tapped the beat We Will Rock You in a Cup of Tea at the end of a Paddington Bear sketch.

There is also a prestigious honor on Tuesday for former permanent Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Tom Scholar, who became a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath after being sacked by short-lived Prime Minister Liz Truss on her first day in office.

The UK’s ambassador to Kiev, Dame Melinda Symons, will be made a Dame in recognition of her services to British foreign policy.

Saxophonist and broadcaster Yolanda Brown will be made an OBE for Music Services, Music Education and Broadcasting.

Originally from Barking, London, the 40-year-old’s music combines reggae, jazz and soul, and she has collaborated with acts such as Dave Stewart of Eurythmics and Stereophonics, Kelly Jones and Rick Astley.

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