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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: ‘I Got Ambushed’ With Danish Knighting

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Mauricio Santana, Getty Images

Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich was recently knighted in his homeland on Denmark, but as Ulrich revealed in a recent radio station interview, the ceremony is not as formal as the well-known knighting ceremonies in England and he was kind of taken by surprise by the honor.

Speaking with Dallas’ 97.1 The Eagle, Ulrich revealed, “The English take on it [is] the whole sword and the kneeling and all that stuff. In Denmark, it’s little more casual. But listen, there’s five million people in this country — okay? — and not a lot happens in this country and it’s very cool, so I’m actually very appreciative.”

The drummer continued, “The Crown Prince, who’s a super-cool dude, he had a denim jacket on. I got ambushed with this. I didn’t know that it was gonna happen. But he had his denim jacket on, I had a white shirt, and all of a sudden he started talking about somebody in the room that had gone above and beyond for Denmark, which was cool, and then I realized he was talking about me. There was no sword or anything. But now I’m officially a rider of Dannebrog, which is the Danish flag. So now I need to get a horse … That’s really what it comes down to. I have to get a horse to go along with my medal.”

The drummer received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Dannebrog and later posed with the Crown Prince for a photo that has since been posted on Instagram. See it below.

Ulrich concluded, “As silly as it sounds, it’s kind of cool. Listen, a snot-nosed kid, a drummer in a heavy metal band, gets that kind of honor bestowed upon him? That’s pretty cool. So I’m very happy and proud. And, like I said, it’s a small country, so it’s kind of cool.” Check out his interview with 97.1 The Eagle below.

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