Danish Media reported that Metallica’s drummer, Lars Ulrich, has been awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Dannebrog. The Order of Dannebrog is an Order of Denmark, instituted by Christian V in 1671. In the beginning, only noblemen could be decorated, but in 1808 Frederik VI changed the requirements so non-nobles could be rewarded for “true merit.” Today the Order is given to Danish citizens who have merited the special decoration. The Order of Dannebrog is a white enameled silver cross, edged in red, with a crown and the monogram of the reigning monarch. It carries an inscription “God and King.”

Ulrich received the honor on May 26.