ARISE SIR MICK!

But his Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards isn't too happy about it...

Mick Jagger is to receive a knighthood today (December 12), in a move set to shock ROLLING STONES purists.

The veteran rock star arrived at Buckingham Palace today to receive the honour from Prince Charles, who is standing in for the Queen while she has surgery on her knee, reports the BBC.

But Mick Jagger has already faced criticism from within his own band. Stones guitarist Keith Richards has slammed the move as “ludicrous”, telling Uncut magazine: “I went fucking berserk when I heard. I thought it was ludicrous to take one of those gongs from the establishment when they did their very best to throw us in jail and kill us at one time. It’s not what the Stones is about, is it? I don’t want to step onstage with someone wearing a fucking coronet and sporting the old ermine.”

He continued: “At the same time I told [a][/a], ‘It’s a fucking paltry honour. If you’re into this shit, hang on for the peerage. Don’t settle for a little badge’.”

In other honours handed out today, Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers and Gary Brooker of Procul Harum will receive MBEs for their charity work.