You’ll be calling him Sir Patrick Stewart after the ceremony. The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list will upgrade the actor to a knighthood, according to a report in Britain’s Mirror.
As part of the year 2001 awards, Stewart received an OBE or Order of the British Empire. The status of these honors descends from knighthood to CBE, MBE and OBE. Knights use the title Sir, and those awarded the British Empire titles may use the letters after their names.
(Research never seems to prevent me from making mistakes about the Queen’s honours, so stand by for corrections in three, two, one…)
[Thanks to David Klaus for the story.]