Billy Connolly lost for words over huge honours

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He may already be known as comedy royalty but Billy Connolly now has an extra title.

The 74-year-old Scottish comedian was on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List to get a knighthood.

He’s not sure if he will be called Sir Billy or whatever other name people will come up with, but the ‘hairy rebel’ has some ideas.

“I feel as if I should be called Lancelot or something,” Billy said.  “Sir Lancelot would be nice. Sir Billy does not have the same ring. I don’t know if you get invited to the Round Table. I don’t know anything about it.”

He said the honour has come far too late to change who he is though. 

“I have an ordinary background and it was never on the horizon when I was growing up that I might get this” Billy said, reports BBC News. 

“I’m not big on pride but whatever the equivalent of pride is that is a bit decent, I’ve got that. I’m a little embarrassed but deep within me I’m very pleased.”

It follows a big month already for the star.

As part of a BBC Scotland’s documentary three huge murals were unveiled on buildings in his home city.

Billy admitted to being stunned when he saw them, BBC News reported.

“I thought I’d be all light-hearted on seeing them and jokey – but they’re so big – the effect on me is so profound. You know, people going to that length for me, it’s just taken my breath away. I’m just flabbergasted, overjoyed, it’s been a brilliant experience – being painted and otherwise by these genius people taking the time to do it. It just takes my breath away, I love it.”

The murals, which are more than 15metres high, have been created by BBC Scotland together with Glasgow City Council and arts project manager Art Pistol Projects.

They are based on original portraits of Billy from top Scottish artists – John Byrne, Jack Vettriano and Rachel Maclean – commissioned by BBC Scotland.

The story of the artworks will be told in the programme Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime.

Would you travel to Glasgow to see these murals?

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