WASHINGTON (AP) _ Queen Elizabeth II will give Bob Hope an honorary knighthood, but the 94-year-old comedian won't be known as Sir Bob.

Prime Minister Tony Blair informed President Clinton on Thursday of the queen's decision to honor Hope for the years he spent entertaining the troops as well as his contributions to film and song.

The title ``Sir'' is reserved for British subjects.

``I'm speechless,'' Hope said from his home in Palm Springs, Calif. ``Seventy years of ad lib material and I'm speechless.''

He added: ``What an honor and what a surprise for a boy who was born in England, raised in Cleveland and schooled in vaudeville.''