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Sir Rod Stewart meets the Queen hours after receiving knighthood

Chloe Best

Sir Rod Stewart enjoyed another royal encounter on Tuesday as he met the Queen at an awards ceremony, just hours after he was knighted by Prince William.

The 71-year-old was seen shaking hands and chatting with Her Majesty at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, where she was presenting awards to five individuals who have made a national contribution to the visual arts or architecture.

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Sir Rod Stewart met the Queen on Tuesday

Wearing a smart black suit and polka dot tie, Rod appeared thrilled as he chatted to the Monarch alongside his wife Penny Lancaster. They were among a number of famous faces at the awards ceremony, including comedians David Walliams and Lenny Henry.

It was a remarkable day for Sir Rod, who was knighted by Prince William in recognition of his services to music and charity. The 71-year-old was joined by his wife and their two sons, Alistair, ten, and five-year-old Aiden, for the investiture ceremony hosted at Buckingham Palace.

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The Queen chatted briefly with Rod and his wife Penny Lancaster

Speaking after the ceremony, Rod told reporters that he was on "cloud nine", and said that he and Prince William spoke briefly about his impressive music career, which has spanned six decades.

"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!" Rod revealed. "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."

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Rod was knighted by Prince William on Tuesday afternoon

The Maggie May singer had previously said it was a "monumental honour" to be knighted when the news was announced in the Queen's birthday honours list.

"I've led a wonderful life and have had a tremendous career thanks to the generous support of the great British public," he said. "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."

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