"If he was in England, he would have a sword, he would be Sir Leonard by now... It’s easy to give, but it’s not so easy to give time. And Evelyn and Leonard, when I had my civil partnership with David (Furnish), my partner, in England nine years ago, they flew over... It was more so an endorsement of our love for each other. And when I came to New York at my 60th birthday at Madison Square Garden, Evelyn and Leonard threw me a huge lunch." SIR Elton John pays tribute to cosmetics king Leonard Lauder at Thursday’s (30Apr15) Breast Cancer Research Foundation Hot Pink Party in New York City. The pop star also teamed up with Tony Bennett to perform at the bash.