3M CEO George Buckley to be knighted

June 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM
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MINNEAPOLIS, June 14 (UPI) -- A U.S. chief executive officer with dual citizenship, who grew up in poverty, says the queen of England is about to make him a knight.

George Buckley, CEO of 3M Co. said, "My knees aren't as good as they used to be," in anticipation of an investiture ritual that includes kneeling before the queen, who will tap him on the shoulders with a sword, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Tuesday.

Buckley is to be given the rank of knight bachelor, which comes with the option of placing "sir" before his name.

Knight bachelor is the lowest level of knighthood but includes some of Britain's most famous citizens including explorer Francis Drake and 17th century mathematician Isaac Newton.

"This really is a great honor, the pinnacle for someone born a commoner," Buckley said.

Buckley was cited for his business accomplishments and contributions to the University of Huddersfield, his alma mater, the newspaper said.

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