LONDON — Former U.S. Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger has been awarded a British knighthood, the Foreign Office said today.
Queen Elizabeth II approved the award on the recommendation of Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe in recognition of Weinberger's "outstanding and invaluable" contribution to defense cooperation between Britain and the United States, the Foreign Office said. Weinberger is to receive the knighthood from the queen at Buckingham Palace Feb. 22 or 23.
A palace spokeswoman said she thought Weinberger would be the first former U.S. Cabinet official to receive an honorary knighthood.
The honor entitles Weinberger to place the initials "GBE," for Grand Cross British Empire, after his surname, but he will not be allowed to call himself "Sir Caspar." Only British subjects, are allowed to use the "sir" designation.