Wear that knighthood well, Rod: The annual honors list rolled out as part of Queen Elizabeth II‘s birthday celebrations, with more than 1,000 statesmen, actors, athletes and others recognized for their service to the United Kingdom — including Rod Stewart, who can now order up some new business cards bearing the name Sir Roderick David Stewart.
The Beeb reports that the 71 year old Stewart, who was awarded a CBE — Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire — by the Queen in 2007, is being knighted not only for his musical contributions, but also for his charity work. Rod left the UK in 1975 to avoid paying taxes, but apparently all is forgiven on that score.
“I’ve led a wonderful life and have had a tremendous career thanks to the generous support of the great British public,” he said. “This monumental honour has topped it off and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Stewart joins Sirs Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Van Morrison and Cliff Richard on the Knights Of The Round Black 33 1/3RPM Things list. The first of their ilk to get the nod from Her Majesty were The Beatles; she hooked them up with MBEs — Member Of The Most Honorable Order Of The British Empire — in 1965. That resulted in several people returning their medals in protest; John Lennon turned his back in to Buckingham Palace four years later because of Britain’s involvement in Nigerian and Biafran wars.
Also as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations, 99 year old Vera Lynn, who was famous for the World War II anthem We’ll Meet Again, and who was the subject of Pink Floyd‘s Vera, was made a Dame.
A Dame. Yeah, see?