WASHINGTON (AP) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has told Congress that Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has been awarded honorary knighthood.
The Massachusetts Democrat, who is battling brain cancer, did
not attend Brown's address Wednesday to a Joint Meeting of
Brown told the senator on Tuesday night that Queen Elizabeth II
had made him a member of British nobility. In his speech, Brown
referred to the senator as "Sir Edward Kennedy" and called him a
Brown said Kennedy had helped bring peace to Northern Ireland,
expand health care for Americans and improve access to education
for children around the world.
Kennedy, scion of an Irish-American political dynasty, is known
in Britain for his involvement in the long process that led to
Northern Ireland's 1998 Good Friday peace accord.
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