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Paul McCartney displays age-old style receiving Legion d’ Honneur award

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More than 40 years after Sir Paul McCartney found stardom with The Beatles, his fashion sense came full circle on Saturday as he accepted France’s most prestigious public award.

Sir Paul, 70, was presented with the Legion d’ Honneur by the French president Francois Hollande.

The former Beatle was wearing a white buttoned-down shirt, narrow-lapel suit and knitted tie, harking back to his signature look from the early 1960s.
He received the award for his services to music in front of an audience of friends and family in a private ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
During the ceremony, Sir Paul said: “It is such an honour to be awarded this.”
Mr Hollande praised his contribution to the arts and joked that he preferred The Beatles to the Rolling Stones, and had also preferred Sir Paul to John Lennon when he was younger.

It is usually only given to French nationals and mainly those who have served in military or civil life.

It has three grades – Chevalier, Officer and Commander; McCartney was yesterday made an Officer of the Legion d’ Honneur.

Previous British recipients of the award include J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter author, Sir Laurence Olivier, the actor and Ronald Searle, the artist.

The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have also been presented with the award.

 

telegraph.co.uk || By Roya Nikkhah – 9:00PM BST 08 Sep 2012

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