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Wed Jan 28 08:36:59 SAST 2015

Durban priest to be knighted by England's Queen Elizabeth

Sapa | 03 February, 2013 09:28
Reverend Canon Rod van Zuylen who is about to be knighted by the Queen of England Queen.
Image by: TEBOGO LETSIE

A retired Durban priest, Rod van Zuylen, is to be knighted by England's Queen Elizabeth for his work with the poor, according to a report.

The Sunday Times reports that the Anglican Reverend Canon, aged 69, will be knighted during a ceremony conducted by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, since Van Zuylen cannot afford the plane ticket to the ceremony in England in August.

"It's too expensive to buy tickets for myself and my family, so I would rather receive the honour here among my friends and close family. It will also be more of a personal affair."

Van Zuylen said he did not know who nominated him for the knighthood in connection with the work he had done amongst the poor with the international charity, the Order of St John.

"I was completely and pleasantly surprised and very humbled... This was totally unexpected," he said.

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