Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the allies' gulf war commander, has been awarded an honorary knighthood, the Foreign Office said Friday.
Queen Elizabeth II will present the award to Schwarzkopf when she visits his headquarters in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, the Foreign Office said.A similar honor was awarded to the Saudi field commander, Lt. Gen. Khaled Bin Sultan.
Schwarzkopf is the 58th American to receive a British knighthood since World War II. It is the highest honor Britain can bestow on a foreigner.
Foreigners who receive knight-hoods do not use the title "Sir," which is reserved for Britons.
Unlike new British knights, Schwarzkopf will not have to kneel and be tapped on the soldiers by the queen when he gets the award.
The generals will be entitled to use the initials of the award, KCB, after their names. The full title is Honorary Knight Commander in the Military Division of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath.
Other Americans who have received honorary knighthoods include President Ronald Reagan, former Secretary of State Caspar Weinberger and U.S. military commanders in World War II and in the Korean War.
The queen was to arrive in Miami by Concorde Friday afternoon for pageantry and receptions, then shove off for a private weekend aboard her 412-foot yacht Britannia, rounding the Florida Keys and docking in Tampa for a Humvee ride Monday at Schwarzkopf's headquarters.