Singer Rod Stewart scored a very coveted accessory at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday when he was knighted by Prince William
He wears it well!
The Grammy winner, who was awarded the honor by Queen Elizabeth in a list made public on her official 90th birthday weekend in June, ditched the ceremony’s traditional tailcoat and top hat for tartan trousers and a jacket with scarlet cuffs — the colorful stage wear that has been his signature for more than 50 years in showbiz.
Stewart, 71, was recognized for his music career as well as his contributions to charity. He’s a regular supporter of Prince Charles‘s Prince’s Trust — a foundation that aids disadvantaged youth.
The legendary singer arrived at the palace with his wife Penny Lancaster and their sons, Aiden and Alastair (left).
At the ceremony, he was introduced in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace as Sir Roderick Stewart, for services to music and to charity.
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Stewart took a few steps forward from the side, made a simple bow of the head and then went down on his right knee as William knighted him with a sword first to his left and then to his right shoulder.
When the singer got up, 6-foot 3-inch William towered over him (he stood on a raised platform making their height difference even greater) and placed the ribboned medal around his neck.
“We talked about music and he said, ‘It’s great that you’re still going,’ ” Stewart told reporters afterward. “I said, ‘I have to — I’ve got eight children!’ “
“He congratulated me on my long career — and I said how happy this made me. I just wish my mum and dad had been here to see it.”
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The father and grandfather — whose greatest hits include “You Wear It Well,” “Maggie May,” “Forever Young” and “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” — previously told concert-goers he had received a text from fellow knight and friend Sir Elton John when the news from the palace was announced June.
“It said, ‘Congratulations darling,’ ” Stewart revealed. ” ‘Who would have thought a couple of old tarts from North London would be knighted?’ “