ENTERTAINMENT NEWS-Sir Rod Stewart promises to wear his knighthood well


The newly knighted pop star said his only regret was that his parents were not there to see him collect his honour.
Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart is made a Knights Batchelor by the Duke of Cambridge during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London 
The star was made a Knight Bachelor by the Duke of Cambridge
Rod Stewart has said he is on "cloud nine" after receiving his knighthood from the Duke of Cambridge.
Wearing his tartan trews and with wife Penny Lancaster and their two sons at his side, Sir Rod said he wished
his parents could have been at Buckingham Palace to see him collect his honour.  
The 71-year-old, who was awarded the honour in recognition of his services to music and charity, said of meeting Prince William: "We talked about music and he said: 'It's great that you're still going' and I said: 'I have to - I've got eight children!'.
Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden, after he received his knighthood in recognition of his services to music and charity
Image Caption: Sir Rod with his wife Penny Lancaster and sons Alastair and Aiden
"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."
Talking about his future tour, the former Faces frontman said fans could expect a "fantastic night" and joked that there were seven women in his new band - "more than there are in the White House".
The artist who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and had six No 1 records including Maggie May, Sailing and You Wear It Well, talked about how he had struggled with writer's block at one stage, advising budding songwriters to keep going regardless.
Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart is made a Knights Batchelor by the Duke of Cambridge during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London
Image Caption: Sir Rod told William he had to keep on working because he had eight children
He said: "You've just got to be patient, if there's a song you believe in. Don't write anything second-hand - if you're not satisfied with it, don't sing it. The lyrics do come eventually, you've just got to wait."
Earlier, the singer said: "I've led a wonderful life and have had 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. I thank Her Majesty and promise to 'wear it well'."
Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden, ahead of him receiving his knighthood in recognition of his services to music and charity
Image Caption: The pop star and his wife with their sons on the way to the palace
Sir Rod will meet the Queen later at a reception at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Some 86 recipients attended Tuesday's award ceremony including British-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo who received an OBE for services to drama.
The Queen Of Katwe star said afterward he was proud of the acknowledgement and "proud to be British".


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