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UK: British author Terry Pratchett receives knighthood

19 Feb 2009 1:57 AM

LONDON, Feb 18 AP - Fantasy author Terry Pratchett has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to literature.

The British writer received the knighthood at an ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday wearing a top hat and morning suit.

The 60-year-old British writer is known for his Discworld series of novels and has sold more than 55 million books worldwide. He announced last year that he has early onset Alzheimer's - a rare form of the disease.

A 14-year-old swimmer who won two gold medals at the 2008 Paralympic Games was also made a Member of the Order of the British Empire or MBE in Wednesday's ceremony. The British government said Eleanor Simmonds is the first person under 18 to receive the award.