12/10/2011 04:37 BST | Updated 11/12/2011 05:12 GMT

Sir Bruce Forsyth Knighted By Queen

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Veteran entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth is to be knighted by the Queen for a career spanning almost 70 years.

Sir Bruce, 83, will be dubbed a knight by the monarch during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony.

The Strictly Come Dancing host's place as a leading TV presenter is recognised after years of campaigning by fans.

The award also marks his charity work, something the star does privately.

Admitting he feared he might never receive the honour, a delighted Sir Bruce said he could not wait to call his wife "my lady" when the knighthood was announced in the summer.

As a 14-year-old the entertainer began working on the variety circuit where he danced, sang, cracked jokes and waited for his big break.

He got it in 1958 when he became host of Sunday Night at the London Palladium and he never looked back, hosting The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and Bruce's Price is Right.

In 2004, when in effective semi-retirement, Forsyth was brought back to host a new version of an old programme, Strictly Come Dancing, and scored another massive hit.