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Rod Stewart knighted by Queen

Associated Press Associated Press 12/06/2016

Some guys have all the luck.

Rocker Rod Stewart has been knighted by the Queen in her annual Birthday Honours List, which also included recognition for astronaut Tim Peake and Downton Abbey star Penelope Wilton.

Stewart, the raspy-voiced singer of Maggie May, Da Ya Think I'm Sexy and Some Guys have All the Luck, was honoured in Friday's list "for services to music and charity".

The 71-year-old will be able to call himself Sir Roderick David Stewart.

Peake, who is nearing the end of a six-month stint aboard the International Space Station, was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, which recognises "service rendered internationally or in a foreign country".

The Foreign Office noted that Peake "is the first person to be honoured in this order as a British representative in space".

The astronaut dedicated his award to the "technicians, scientists, engineers, educators, trainers and flight directors, all working in pursuit of one of the greatest scientific and technical challenges of our time - exploring our solar system for the benefit of people on Earth".

The twice-yearly royal honours reward hundreds of people for services to their community or national life. Most go to people who are not in the limelight, but there is also a sprinkling of famous faces.

Recipients on Friday also include 99-year-old singer Vera Lynn, who raised British spirits during World War II with songs including The White Cliffs of Dover and We'll Meet Again. She was made a Companion of Honour, an award limited to 65 people "of distinction".

Wilton, who played indomitable Isobel Crawley in Downton Abbey, was made a dame, the female equivalent of a knight.

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