At a special ceremony in the Elysée Palace on 11th April, French President Francois Hollande decorated Sir David with the French Republic’s highest honour, the rank of officier in the ordre nationale de la legion d’Honneur.

Sir David received the decoration for his work in the pursuit of peace, education and culture among nations.

Khalili joins an esteemed list of British recipients of the Legion of Honour that include Winston Churchill, Graham Greene, Paul McCartney and J.K. Rowling.