Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich knighted by Danish queen


Danish drummer Lars Ulrich, member of U.S. heavy metal band Metallica, has been conferred knighthood, the Danish royal palace said Wednesday.

The 53-year-old is now a knight of the Order of the Dannebrog, a recognition of his contribution to the arts.

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark on Tuesday presented the badge of decoration to the musician on behalf of Queen Margrethe II during a visit to the United States, according to a post on the royal palace Facebook.

The ceremony took place in San Francisco, where Ulrich lives.

Ulrich was officially named on May 26, but the palace did not release the information until the handover took place.

Metallica – one of the world’s biggest rock groups – was formed in 1981 by Ulrich and US guitarist James Hetfield, who is lead singer. The band has scored numerous hits, including “Nothing Else Matters” and “Enter Sandman.”

The Order of the Dannebrog was instituted in 1671.