Graham Nash has been presented with an OBE for a remarkable career in music and described the honour as a "highlight" of his life.
The singer, who found success with the Hollies and then Crosby, Stills and Nash, appeared humbled by the experience of meeting the Queen and said his parents, now dead, would have been "incredibly proud" of their son.
Graham was presented with the OBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, for services to music and charitable activities, in the diplomatic and overseas list, having taken US citizenship in 1978.
Speaking after the ceremony the musician, who has lived in Hawaii for more than 30 years and speaks with a slight American accent, said: "Receiving this was very profound.
"I'm from Salford, from a very poor family and to have been on the journey I've been on since I was 13 years old, when I wanted to be a musician - (the OBE) it's a highlight of my life.
"This is my country and my Queen gave me an honour - it's a stunning experience."
Graham befriended future bandmate Allan Clarke at school, and by December 1962 they had formed The Hollies, the group which first brought him success, with hits such as Just One Look, Bus Stop and Carrie Anne.
He later hooked up with former Buffalo Springfield guitarist Stephen Stills and ex-Byrds star David Crosby to form one of the first supergroups.
The 68-year-old revealed how he paid the Queen a compliment. "I told her how beautiful she looked and we talked about the Hollies.
"I told her I'd moved away 40 years ago and didn't think anybody was watching and she said 'now you know'."