Singer Rod Stewart, 71, received his knighthood from the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, this morning at Buckingham Palace.


The rock star was extremely honored by the award, and said he was “on cloud nine.” Steward came to fame in the late 60s and early 70s, and has since become one of the best-selling musical artists of all time.

“We talked about music and he said, ‘It’s great that you’re still going’, and I said, ‘I have to – I’ve got eight children,” said Stewart of his conversation with Prince William. “He congratulated me on my long career, and I said how happy this (the honor) made me. I just wish my mum and dad had been here to see it.”

Stewart was accompanied by his wife, Penny Lancaster, 45. The pair also got a chance to meet the Queen following the knighting.

Stewart will begin touring in Europe and the UK on Nov. 4 until Dec. 18 of this year.

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