George Martin: One day six years ago, I opened an envelope which bore the marking of the prime minister. It said: "It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been recommended to be appointed a knight by Her Majesty the Queen. If you wish to accept this honor, please let us know by filling in the enclosed form. You will not hear from us again." I went white and said, "Bloody hell!" My wife thought something awful had happened. I couldn't speak, so I gave the letter to her. She read it, went white, and said, "Bloody hell!" We went to Buckingham Palace, and the Queen got her sword out and tried not to cut my head off.