British rock n roll legend Rod Stewart has been included in the Queen’s birthday honours and is set to receive a knighthood for his duties to popular music. The news broke on Saturday evening with Stewart posting a BBC news article on his Twitter profile.
‘Rod the Mod’ has been a huge presence in popular music since his debut album ‘An Old Raincoat Won’t ever Let You Down’ in 1968. He went on to further success in the early 1970’s with British rock band ‘The Faces’ as well as having a string of hits as a solo artist with songs such as ‘Maggie May’ and ‘You Wear It Well’. Stewart gained even more popularity in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and released a number of classic’s including: ‘Do You Think I’m Sexy’ and ‘Young Turks’. Stewart’s most recent album ‘Another Country’ was released in 2015 and debuted at number 2 in the UK album charts, eventually being certified platinum.
Stewart said he had: “led a wonderful life” and had enjoyed a “tremendous career thanks to the generous support of the great British public”. His tweet showcasing the news to his followers included the caption “A truly monumental honour”.
As well as Stewart a number of esteemed British figures we’re included in the Queen’s birthday honours including astronaut Tim Peake who received a companion of the order of St Michael and St George, former football player Alan Shearer who received and OBE, and TV presenter duo Ant and Dec who both received OBE’s for services to broadcasting and entertainment.