Terry Wogan knighted by the Queen

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Terry Wogan has been awarded an honorary knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. The BBC's Eurovision Song Contest commentator, radio and TV presenter joins a select group including Bob Geldof and Microsoft founder Bill Gates in receiving the honour, usually given only to British and Commonwealth citizens.

The title is a recognition of the contribution to broadcasting of the genial Irishman, who attracts an audience of more than eight million people to his weekday morning BBC Radio 2 breakfast show Wake Up To Wogan.

Moreover Wogan is presenting the annual Children in Need BBC charity fundraising event and the Eurovision Song Contest. Numerous other credits have made Wogan a national institution.

When once asked about the secret of his success, he quipped: “I put it all down to clean living and plenty of roughage.” Wogan's honorary knighthood follows the honorary OBE he received in the 1997 New Year Honours List. “I hope I can prove worthy of it,” said Wogan commenting his latest achievement .

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