And non UK citizens can and do get offered knighthoods - but can’t adopt the title of Sir.
Eliot is said to have been offered a knighthood but turned it down. See eg
(Even eg John Betjeman was offered (and accepted) a knighthood, so a bit inconceivable that Eliot wouldn’t have been )
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Yes--in 1927 at same time as joining church.
Was he a British citizen? Pete
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Here’s a question that arose in my Osher Lifelong Learning class:
Why didn't Eliot get a Knighthood?