Italian director Franco Zeffirelli will become the first Italian to be honoured with a knighthood, at a lavish ceremony tomorrow (24NOV04) at the British Embassy in Rome, Italy.

The TEA WITH MUSSOLINI film-maker is overwhelmed by the honour but doesn't understand why British royal Queen Elizabeth II has overlooked other celebrated Italians.

He says, "I am very touched and very grateful. I cannot fathom why I am the first Italian to be honoured by Queen Elizabeth in this way."

23/11/2004 09:34