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Bruce plays cards right for honour

Sir Bruce Forsyth has described his joy at being knighted by the Queen and vowed to keep on entertaining the country.

The veteran performer and Strictly Come Dancing host received the honour at Buckingham Palace after years of campaigning by fans.

The 83-year-old entertainer looked ecstatic after the ceremony and said: "It's absolutely wonderful to get the knighthood... Entertaining - it's been the only thing I've ever wanted to do and I've done it for many, many years. Who feels like quitting? I want to go on."

Earlier, in the palace's magnificent ballroom, the television star was called forward by his full name - Sir Bruce Forsyth-Johnson - and knelt on a velvet investiture stool to receive the accolade.

As he emerged from the ballroom, Sir Bruce called out "Good luck" to honours recipients on their way to receive their awards.

One joked "We were impressed to see you get off your knees" and the entertainer replied: "That was an effort, I can tell you."

During the ceremony, watched by his Puerto Rican-born wife Wilnelia, a former Miss World, and his children, the television star shared a few words with the Queen.

Sir Bruce said: "She said thank you for entertaining the country for such a long time, she was very much on that wave length. But she was most intrigued about how long I'd been in showbusiness. I think she was a bit shocked when I said (almost) 70 years."

Speaking about the knighthood, he added: "It's the top of the tree, I don't think I can go anywhere from here. I certainly won't be a lord, maybe lord love a duck."

He said of Strictly: "At the moment the show is still giving me a buzz and getting this knighthood has given me a buzz."

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