ROLLING STONES singer MICK JAGGER has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The 58 year old vocalist, who is due to tour the world with his band to mark their 40th anniversary later this year, said he was “delighted” at the honour.
He joins the likes of Paul McCartney and Cliff Richard in receiving the accolade for services to popular music.
He commented: “I’m delighted. I never expected to get a knighthood. You think ‘This is great’ and then are very surprised, thinking ‘Why is this?’.”
Jagger becoming a ‘Sir’ has attracted some controversy, due to his notorious reputation for drugs and womanising. However, he deflected the criticism.
He continued: “Whether I deserve one of not is not my place. I’m happy to get one. It’s great recognition of what the band’s achievements have been.
“I think the thing about honours is that you should never ask for them and you should never expect them, but I think you should accept them if they’re given to you. It’s like a compliment. You should never be churlish about compliments and you should accept them in the same way you should learn to deflect criticism and be impervious to it.”