Rod Stewart given knighthood in Queen’s birthday honours list

The singer is named alongside the likes of astronaut Tim Peake and TV hosts Ant and Dec

Rod Stewart has been given a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

The musician can now use the title ‘Sir’ after being recognised for his long-running musical career as well as his work with charities.

As the Guardian reports, Stewart reacted to the news saying he had “led a wonderful life” and a “tremendous career thanks to the generous support of the great British public. This monumental honour has topped it off and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Later, he tweeted a link to a BBC article confirming the news with the caption “A truly monumental honour”.

Stewart, 71, has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide since the release of his debut solo record ‘An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down’ in 1969.

Other stars named in the Queen’s birthday honours list include footballer Alan Shearer, who received a CBE, and astronaut Tim Peake, who was made a companion of the order of St Michael and St George. The honour is usually given for overseas service and this marks the first occasion it has been awarded to someone in space.

TV presenters Ant and Dec were also given OBEs for their services to broadcasting and entertainment.