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Which Legendary Sitcom Star Is Getting a Royal Title?

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While it may not get him access to Buckingham Palace anytime soon, a certain legendary sitcom star has just received some major recognition by Queen Elizabeth II.

She's given him a royal title!

Who's the lucky chap and why the honor? Read on to find out…

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Henry Winkler, aka The Fonz on Happy Days, is now an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). British Ambassador to the United States Sir Nigel Sheinwald presented Winkler with the award at ceremony earlier today in Washington, D.C.

Winkler, who was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was an adult, was recognized by the queen for his tireless work with children with learning difficulties.

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"Improving the lives of children is one of the highest acts of good one can pursue, and Mr. Winkler has certainly done that," the ambassador said. "Through him, thousands of young people have seen a role model and an inspiration for overcoming their learning difficulties. Henry Winkler is living proof that difficulties can be overcome and that for those suffering challenges and self-doubt, happy days can nevertheless lie ahead."

One doesn't have to be a British national to receive the award. However, Winkler can now put "Honorary OBE" after his name.

"Receiving this honor is a very humbling experience," Winkler said. "My goal when I started working with children was to change how people think about those around them for whom learning is a struggle. I am overwhelmed to have had my work recognized in this manner, and hope to continue showing children that no matter how they learn, they have brilliance in them."

Sir Fonz, anyone?

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