Crowds gathered inside and outside Government House yesterday as recipients arrived to receive the final British honours and hundreds of passers-by posed for photos at the Crown-adorned entrance gates. In the Government House ballroom, the Prince of Wales, in navy whites and gold captain's braiding, chatted briefly with each of the more than 150 Queen's Birthday Honours recipients. A police orchestra played My Way, Yesterday, Stranger in Paradise, and Somewhere over the Rainbow, a relaxed and smiling prince presented each of the recipients with their award, including the newly knighted Financial Secretary, Sir Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Sir Donald was knighted along with tycoon Gordon Wu Ying-sheung and veteran executive councillor Jimmy McGregor. Billionaire Mr Wu said he would wear his insignia as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George after the Chinese takeover and definitely wants to be addressed by his new British title, 'Sir Gordon'. 'The prince asked me, 'Will you still wear it?' I said sure, of course I will. 'I earned it . . . I intend to keep it.' Sir Donald said his new boss, Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, would decide whether he can wear the decoration and use the title. 'It is a measure of 30 years of service. I think it is very sweet. I would not say it is irrelevant. I treasure it. 'My affiliation is to the Hong Kong people, and that is where I got it,' he said. Retiring Attorney-General Jeremy Mathews, whose name was conspicuous by its absence from the honours list, was in the front row. Outside Government House, hundreds of people gathered in searing temperatures to get mementoes of another kind - photographs of the entrance gate with the Crown insignia. Housewife Mrs Lam, who would not give her full name, said the photographs would be a souvenir of British rule. 'My son and I plan to follow in the Governor's footsteps before he leaves. 'Even though it will not be possible for us to meet him face to face, seeing him from a distance is still the second best way to bid farewell,' she said.