Ted Kennedy to Be Knighted by the Queen
03/04/2009 AT 12:05 PM EST
Kennedy, 77, is being recognized for services to U.S.-U.K. relations and to Northern Ireland, the Associated Press reports.
Kennedy, who is currently under treatment for a brain tumor diagnosed last May, has had strong ties to the U.K. that go back to his youth.
His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, briefly served as Ambassador to the Court of St. James under President Franklin Roosevelt. And the administration of his brother, John F. Kennedy, was nicknamed "Camelot," after England's King Arthur.
– Stephen M. Silverman