Sir Michael Palin was awarded a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (Image: PA)
Michael Palin has predicted he will be the only Monty Python member to become a sir after being dubbed a knight by Prince William at Buckingham Palace. “I’ll probably be the only one,” he said, adding that fellow Python John Cleese had turned down the chance.
Unfortunately, The Monty Python member discovered a problem with his mitral valve – a small flap that stops blood flowing the wrong way around the heart – five years ago. On his official website it read last month, “Recently, though, I have felt my heart having to work harder and have been advised it’s time to have the valve repaired, I shall be undergoing surgery in September and should be back to normal, or rather better than normal, within three months.”
The cast is definitely getting older by the day. Sir Palin shared concerns that Monty Python co-star Terry Jones no longer recognizes him because of his dementia. Palin said in an interview with Daily Express: “The last time I saw him I don’t think he recognized me. We knew each other well. It feels like a part of yourself isn’t there anymore.”
With regards to the Knighting, Sir Michael called the experience “rather wonderful” and it would have been “unbelievable” to his young self 50 years ago when the Python team formed. The writer and broadcaster was dubbed by William for services to travel, culture and geography. Sir Michael, who starred as one of the knights who said “Ni” in film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, discussed his travels with William during the ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Sir Michael, 76, said: “He talked about where I was going next, and parts of the world I wanted to go I hadn’t already – to which I normally say Middlesbrough.” But the TV presenter said he played safe and instead named Kazakhstan. (Mirror UK)