Rod Stewart Leads Queen’s Birthday Honours List With Knighthood

Everyone's favourite Geordie duo have also landed themselves on the list.

11/06/2016 08:54 | Updated 11 June 2016

Rod Stewart is set to become a Sir, thanks to the Queen’s birthday honours list.

This year’s announcement is rather special, given that the Monarch is celebrating her 90th birthday, and the singer is understandably delighted by the news.

Rod Stewart

His knighthood commemorates charity work, and in a statement, Rod says: "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."

A number of other figures from the entertainment industry are also being honoured, including ‘Downton Abbey’ actress Penelope Wilton, who is being made a dame for services to drama.

‘Loose Women’ panellist Janet Street-Porter is being made a CBE, while Brian Blessed, and presenters Ant and Dec have all been awarded OBEs.

Obviously, the Geordie duo have given a joint statement, in which they say: “We are just two ordinary lads from the west end of Newcastle.

“We hope us receiving this honour can inspire young people to chase their dreams and believe that anything is possible.

"This will definitely be the proudest our mams have ever been."

Vera Lynn, who released a series of hit tracks during World War Two, is also being made a Dame, at the age of 99.

She says: "I felt very greatly honoured to be given a damehood and never expected to receive anything else."

Outside of the entertainment industry, astronaut Tim Peake, and England cricket captain Alastair Cook are among others being celebrated.

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