It’s a “monumental honour”
Rod Stewart will become a knight as part of the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours. The list, this year featuring 1,149 people, also recognised Brian Blessed and Janet Street-Porter.
“I’ve led a wonderful life and have had a tremendous career thanks to the support of the great British public,” the BBC reports Stewart as saying. “This monumental honour has topped it off and I couldn’t ask for anything more”.
Stewart now joins his contemporaries Sir Tom Jones and Sir Mick Jagger in knighthood. In an interview with Radio Times in 2013, he expressed confusion at the timing of their honours, and his indifference towards knighthood: “Well, Mick doesn’t pay taxes here, and Tom lives in America. If my time comes, it will. And if it doesn’t, I’m not bothered.”
Stewart will play three nights at London’s The O2 in November as part of his Another Country tour.
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