MBE for singer Ed Sheeran

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Grammy-winning singer Ed Sheeran received an MBE - Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - for services to music and charity, from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

The 26-year-old was the most-streamed artist on music service Spotify globally this year.

"My grandfather was a massive royalist," he told the BBC. "He had all the commemorative plates and stuff, and he died on this day four years ago, so it's quite a nice full-circle thing, I guess he'd be pretty proud."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 09, 2017, with the headline 'MBE for singer Ed Sheeran'. Print Edition | Subscribe