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Illustrator Quentin Blake honoured with Knighthood

Quentin Blake stands alongside a selection of his illustrations in 2009. Credit: PA

Illustrator Quentin Blake, who has delighted generations with his work, particularly the images he created for many of Roald Dahl's books, has received a knighthood.

The artist, who has also published many books in his own right, said today that many of his overseas fans assume mistakenly that he is already a Sir.

"The funny thing is that my books are published a lot in France and Germany and I get a lot of letters from people there who think I have got it already, so I suppose this kind of regularises it," he said.

"I haven't quite got used to it yet, but I'm very pleased about it.

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