Lewis Hamilton may not have won the Formula 1 driver’s title this year, but he received another very cool one this week.
The 36-year-old Briton was knighted by Prince Charles at Windsor Castle on Thursday for “service to motorsport” and is now officially known as Sir Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton has won the F1 World Championship seven times, a record, and has become a frank voice on a number of human rights issues in recent years, supporting both the Black Lives Matter and LBGTQ + communities .
He becomes the first active F1 driver to be awarded the honor of the Royal Family and only the fourth in history after Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart.
The Mercedes-AMG driver lost this season’s championship to Max Verstappen in the final race in Abu Dhabi, which ended in controversial circumstances, the results of which could still be disputed by the team ahead of the handover dinner Thursday night prices.
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Hamilton did not speak to the media or make a statement after the ceremony.