Arise Sir Rod: Singer Rod Stewart gets a knighthood

Singer Rod Stewart poses at Buckingham Palace with wife Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden after receiving his knighthood.
Singer Rod Stewart poses at Buckingham Palace with wife Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden after receiving his knighthood.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Pop singer Rod Stewart can now call himself Sir Roderick.

The London-born singer, whose career includes such hits as Maggie May, You Wear It Well and Tonight's The Night, was knighted by Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday (Oct 11) for his services to music and charity after more than 50 years in showbusiness.

"It feels wonderful, it really, really does. It's mind-blowing," Stewart, 71, told reporters afterwards.

Three-times-married Stewart was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife, Penny Lancaster, and his two youngest children, Aiden and Alastair.

Stewart said Prince William had asked if he expected to keep touring and recording.

"I said yes because I've got eight children, I haven't got much option, and he just said it was well deserved... It's been a long and wonderful afternoon," Stewart said.