Elton John has been a staple of musical culture since the 1970s. He has topped the charts through the decades with hit singles like “Bennie and the Jets,” “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart and his newest release in 2021, “Cold Heart.” Though John has been the face of English music for years, he only recently received one of the country’s most prestigious awards – the Order of the Companions of Honour for his services to Music and to Charity.

Knighted by the queen in 1998, John has attended his fair share of royal festivities. He was presented with the honor, it is one of the highest awards that can be bestowed upon citizens in Britain and across the commonwealth, by Queen Elizabeth II herself on November 10.

The exclusive group, which can contain no more than 65 members at once, also includes famous figures like Stephen Hawking, British environmentalist David Attenborough and Canadian author Margaret Atwood, to name a few.

The 74-year-old singer-songwriter has received the gold medallion with the inscription: “In action faithful and in honour clear.”

Despite his recent hip replacement, John is full of life and energy. His farewell tour has been pushed back and will kick off next year.

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