Rod Stewart delighted with knighthood but sad parents couldn't see it
Singer Sir Rod Stewart has said he wished his parents were there to see him receive a knighthood.
The 71-year-old, accompanied by his wife, Penny Lancaster (45), and their sons, Alastair (10) and five-year-old Aiden, was given the honour in recognition of his services to music and charity.
He said he was "on cloud nine" after receiving the award from Prince William.
Wearing tartan trousers, Stewart said of meeting the Duke: "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!'
"He congratulated me on my long career, and I said how happy this (the honour) made me.
"I just wish my mum and dad had been here to see it."
Fans can expect a "fantastic night" from his upcoming UK tour, the Maggie May singer also explained.
Stewart is to play in Belfast at the SSE Arena on November 14 and November 15.