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Lugar’s got one medal, one’s on the way. . .

Sen. Richard Lugar showing the grandkids his most excellent medal. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

By order of Queen Elizabeth herself, Lugar, whose GOP primary loss last year ended a 36-year Senate career, was named an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. (Lugar had been a longtime member and a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.)

Just remember, don’t call him “Sir Richard.” You have to be a royal subject for that.

If you had other obligations that night, not to worry. We just got our invitation to the German Embassy on May 8 to watch German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Ambassador Peter Ammon give him the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Busy that night too?

No problem. The pressure is building on the French to cough up the Legion of Honor medal. They will surely fold, maybe not with the Grand Croix but at least the Chevalier rank?

Other NATO countries could well fall in line. Lugar might eventually get a bit weighed down wearing all his medals at those fancy balls, but for now . . .

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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