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Former Sen. Lugar to be knighted by the queen

England’s Queen Elizabeth II is making a knight of former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.

The Lugar Center in Washington, D.C., announced Monday that Lugar will receive the rank of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on Tuesday.

The ceremony will be at the British Embassy in Washington, with Peter Westmacott, the British ambassador to the U.S., presiding.

Other Americans who have received the honor include former Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bus, as well as Bob Hope, Bill Gates and the Rev. Billy Graham, according to The Lugar Center.

Lugar, 81, a longtime foreign policy expert and leader, left the Senate in January after 36 years there. He was defeated in last year’s Republican primary election by state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who lost the November general election to Democrat Joe Donnelly.

Lugar, who is from Indianapolis, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England and a Senate leader on European security and the NATO alliance. The Lugar Center said that, as a private citizen, “he continues working with British and European allies on energy security, weapons nonproliferation and global food security.”