Stewart thanked his fans as he revealed during a gig in Southampton that he had been knighted in the Queen’s birthday honours, reports dailymail.co.uk.
The rocker told fans: “It’s all down to you guys, thank you so much, you’ve made me who I am.”
With 62 hit singles and six number ones, Stewart’s citation reads: “Roderick David Stewart. Singer/Songwriter. For services to music and charity.
“I’ve led a wonderful life and have had a tremendous career thanks to the generous support of the great British public. 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’.”
Stewart leads a host of showbiz names who are among the 1,149 people to receive accolades in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours for their achievements across a wide range of fields including politics, industry, sport and charity work.
“Downton Abbey” star Penelope Wilton, actor Brian Blessed and singer Dame Vera Lynn are among the achievers.