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As some of our viewers may already know, Lars Ulrich has been acknowledged by his native Denmark. In June this year, METALLICA drummer was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Dannebrog. This Cross “is a means of honoring and rewarding the faithful servants of the modern Danish state for meritorious civil or military service, for a particular contribution to the arts, sciences or business life or for those working for Danish interests.”

Lars Ulrich was knighted by Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark. This means the drummer’s contribution to representing Denmark’s name all over the world. Other Scandinavian stars have been honoured in a similar way – Ace Of Base in Sweden and A-ha in Norway.

Lars Ulrich talks about being knighted

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, and Lars Ulrich

Lars’s bandmates reacted on Instagram in the following fashion:

Does this really mean we must address him as Sir Lars now? 😂 Congrats to Lars as he was knighted last night by Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark. Not bad for a snot-nosed kid from Gentofte!

Last weekend, Lars Ulrich had this to say about the whole situation in an interview for variety.com: First of all, it was a surprise — I didn’t know it was gonna happen. I was at a dinner party with the Crown Prince of Demark and about 40 other Danish [VIPs], and all of a sudden he started talking about a special talent in the room and I was like, “Who the hell is he talking about?” Then I realized he was talking about me, so I tried to hide under the table, but to no avail: He pulled out the cross and the whole thing, and it was very humbling, but I was completely unprepared for it. It was a little bizarre, but it was awesome.

The Order of the Dannebrog (Danish: Dannebrogordenen) – one of the oldest orders in the world – a Danish order of chivalry instituted in 1671 by king Christian V. Until 1808, membership in the order was limited to fifty members of noble or royal rank. In 1808, it was reformed by king Fredrik VI and turned into an instrument with which to acknowledge the merits of the Crown’s subjects.