SIR Professor Stanley Wells was centre stage at Buckingham Palace this week.
The Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust received his knighthood from HRH the Prince of Wales during the investiture ceremony at the Palace.
Sir Stanley received his knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his services to Shakespearian scholarship.
One of the world’s foremost Shakespearians, Professor Well’s distinguished career with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust spans over 40 years – first as a representative trustee of the University of Birmingham, and later as a Life Trustee and Chairman.
He is also Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies of the University of Birmingham, former vice-chairman and now Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Trustee of the Rose theatre, and a member of the Council of Shakespeare’s Globe.
A prolific and successful writer, speaker and broadcaster, Sir Stanley is General Editor of the Oxford and Penguin editions of Shakespeare and has written and edited numerous books and other publications on Shakespeare’s life and works.
The leading voice of Shakespeare studies, he speaks at numerous conferences and other events, sharing his passion for the Bard all over the world.
Speaking about the award, Sir Stanley says: “It was a truly special day and I was very honoured and proud to have received this award from Prince Charles. I feel most fortunate in having been able to spend so much of my life in the company of Shakespeare and of those who admire and enjoy his works.
“Throughout my career as teacher and scholar I have enjoyed and benefitted enormously from collaborating with fellow scholars from all over the world.”