Internationally known traveller Thomo the Lost appears to have missed out on joining a prestigious British order of knights.
There was some speculation earlier this year that Thomo was in with a chance for an appointment as a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. This particular chivalric order is well known because it is the oldest order of British chivalry. The expectation was that the appointment would come through when Queen Elizabeth II announced new additions today.
Whilst Thomo cannot be described as a staunch monarchist, more of a raunchy one, he had always held that the current system wasn’t broke therefore shouldn’t be fixed. This could be seen as supporting the monarchy.
The Knights of the Garter lost two of their members in the near past, former British prime minister Sir Edward Heath and Mount Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary. There are a maximum of 24 Companion Knights and the Queen today announced that those two vacant places would be filled by Lord Luce, who was Lord Chamberlain from 2000 to 2006, and Sir Thomas Dunne, Lord-Lieutenant of Hereford since 1977 and chairman of the Lord Lieutenants Association.
Informed sources know that Thomo the Lost never sought the prestigious appointment.
New members of the order, established in 1348 by Edward III, are customarily announced on St George’s Day, England’s national day on April 23.
Of course, you may think that this is rather silly, but no sillier than the Sydney Morning Herald publishing Howard misses out on knighthood today. Must be a quiet news day in Australia to manage such folderol.