A reception was hosted yesterday at the Embassy of Albania organised by Anglo-Albanian Association (AAA) to celebrate the Knighthood of Sir Noel Malcolm. Sir Noel Malcolm, the author of the book ” A Brief History of Kosovo ” ( among others), was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to scholarship, journalism, and European history.
Sir Noel Malcolm, is considered to be one of the leading authorities on the work of one of the greatest English political philosophers, Thomas Hobbs.
Sir Malcolm is also the president of Anglo-Albanian Association, a UK based organisation, which works to promote Albania and Kosovo, since 1912.
In addition to a brilliant academic career, Sir Malcolm has long worked as a journalist and was the editor of Foreign Policy list Spectator, then the political columnist for The Daily Telegraph, and also won an award for political journalism .
Sir Noel Malcolm is currently doing research at All Souls College at Oxford University.
Being the bearer of the title Sir (Dame for women) awarded by the Queen of England, is considered one of the greatest honours an individual in the UK can get. For centuries this title was assigned only to the soldiers, but today it is awarded to civilians as well, who through their work in various fields have contributed to public life in the UK, so it is awarded to doctors, actors, scientists, journalists etc.
The title cannot be bought. It is awarded by the Queen in person, or someone else from the royal family if the Queen is prevented to do so.
Rarely, the title is awarded to foreigners on the recommendation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreigners cannot use the title publicly. So far foreigners who were awarded with this title are: former German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, former President of France, Francois Mitterrand and former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani.
So far, a total of 1,195 people have been awarded with this title.