He describes his new title as a "huge honour"

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Van Morrison has released a statement following the news that he has been awarded an knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honors.

His knighthood has been granted for “services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland”.

In a statement on his website, Morrison wrote, “Throughout my career I have always preferred to let my music speak for me and it is a huge honour to now have that body of work recognised in this way. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans who have supported me on my musical journey.”

The History Of Rock – a brand new monthly magazine from the makers of Uncut – goes on sale in the UK on July 9. Click here for more details.

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