Sir Bruce Forsyth knighted for 70 iconic years in showbiz

Updated: Oct 13, 2011, 15:38 PM IST

London: Sir Bruce Forsyth was pictured looking ecstatic as he was knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for a lifetime of entertaining the nation.

The 83-year-old veteran performer, who swept into the palace’s central quadrangle in a chauffer-driven vintage Rolls-Royce, was accompanied by his Puerto Rico-born wife Wilnelia, their 24-year-old son Jonathan Joseph and his daughters from previous marriages Charlotte and Laura.

The TV personality posed for a picture with his former Miss World wife on the steps of the royal residence’s grand entrance and was joined by his children for a group photograph.

“It’s absolutely wonderful to get the knighthood,” the Sun quoted Forsyth as saying.

“It’s been a thing that````s been going on for a long time but it’s not often one can say the press has been right behind you in my business - but they have been.

“Entertaining – it’s been the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do and I’ve done it for many, many years. Who feels like quitting? I want to go on,” he stated.

In the palace’s magnificent ballroom, the television star was called forward by his full name, Sir Bruce Forsyth-Johnson, knelt on a velvet investiture stool to receive the honour, and was dubbed a knight by the Queen, who lightly touched him on the shoulder with a sword that belonged to her father, George VI.

ANI