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Retiring head of U.S. joint chiefs to receive honorary knighthood

LONDON -- Queen Elizabeth II approved the appointment of Gen. Colin Powell, the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff, as an honorary knight commander Thursday effective upon his retirement as America's top military officer.

The Foreign Office said the queen approved Powell's appointment as a honorary knight commander in the military division of the most honorable Order of the Bath. The honor becomes effective at midnight Thursday.

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The honorary knighthood is being conferred in recognition of Powell's contributions to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the coalition forces in the Gulf war and the defense relationship between Britain and the United States.

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