News Mike Bloomberg receives honorary knighthood Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Sierra Club April 8, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mark Wilson By IVAN PEREIRA email@example.com @IvanPer4 April 8, 2015 6:25 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg now has some royal cred to his resume. The 73-year-old billionaire received an honorary knighthood Wednesday at special ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. The British ambassador to the U.S. said Bloomberg played a key role in "forging transatlantic diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties," between the U.K. and U.S. as a businessman and mayor. "I've developed a deep appreciation and respect for the British people -- and this recognition is one of the great honors of my life," Bloomberg said in a statement. Vice President Joe Biden was on hand for the ceremony. Bloomberg's predecessor also received honorary knighthood in 2002. By IVAN PEREIRA firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.