SIR Ian McKellen has received another accolade from British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of his acting work.
The Lord of the Rings star was knighted by the Queen in 1991 for his outstanding work and contributions to the theatre world.
The openly gay actor returned to royal residence Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday (25Jun08), where he was presented with the companion of honour medal for his services to drama and equality.
Controversial author Salman Rushdie was also in attendance at the honours ceremony, where he received a knighthood.