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Austrians thrown by Jackson medal
Michael Jackson wears the Golden Medal of Honour for Services to Vienna
Michael Jackson seems to have a penchant for foreign insignia
It is surely not the first time Michael Jackson's attire has raised eyebrows.

This time it is the citizens of Vienna confused by the pop star's outfit for one of his court appearances this week.

Mr Jackson was seen wearing the Golden Medal of Honour for Services to Vienna, despite having committed no conspicuous feat for the Austrian capital.

A spokeswoman for the city told the BBC News website Mr Jackson was not entitled to wear the medal, but said: "We don't think we'll ask for it back."

Petra Rama explained that although the singer was not awarded the honour, there was no punishment for people wearing one they have bought second-hand.

"We think he probably got it in a shop selling old honours," she said.

Foreign insignia

Ms Rama said the town hall had had "hundreds of calls" from Austrian citizens wanting to know if Vienna really had given the award to Mr Jackson, who is on trial in the US on child abuse charges.

But Mr Jackson's age - 46 - would rule him ineligible for the medal, which is awarded only to those over 50.

Several times recently Mr Jackson has appeared at court in blazers festooned with foreign insignia to which he has no apparent connection.

In February he was adorned with the emblem of Britain's Royal Warwickshire Regiment, which was phased out in 1963.

He has also been spotted in a UK Royal Corps of Transport badge.

Two weeks ago, the Serbian Order of the White Eagle was reportedly dangling round his neck - back to front.


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