Brown praised Kennedy’s role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland after generations of civil strife, and his decades of work to strengthen health care and education opportunities around the globe.
Kennedy, 77, is battling brain cancer and was not in the House chamber for Brown’s speech. Brown said the two spoke by phone Tuesday night.
According to Buckingham Palace, fewer than 100 U.S. citizens have received honorary knighthoods since the queen took the throne in 1952. Last month, the British Embassy announced that former senator John Warner (R-Va.) would be similarly honored.
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