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Stones' Jagger now 'Sir Mick'

Jagger  received the knighthood from Prince Charles.
Jagger received the knighthood from Prince Charles.

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LONDON, England (Reuters) -- The Rolling Stones' legendary lead singer has become Sir Mick Jagger.

The aging rock star was ennobled at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

The singer of the vintage rock band for the past four decades received the knighthood -- endowed by a light sword touch on each shoulder -- from Prince Charles, standing in for his mother Queen Elizabeth II, who is in hospital for knee surgery.

Jagger's hits with the Rolling Stones include the album "Their Satanic Majesties Request" and singles "Satisfaction," "Street Fighting Man" and "Brown Sugar."

The award puts the 60-year-old singer on a ceremonial par with pop knights Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney.

But the fancy title -- the ultimate British establishment accolade -- has not found favor with fellow Rolling Stone Keith Richards.

The craggy-faced guitarist told music magazine Uncut that the award was "not what the Stones is about."

"I don't want to step out onstage with someone wearing a coronet and sporting the old ermine," Richards said.

Jagger delayed his ceremony from earlier this week to avoid a clash with England's newest hero, Jonny Wilkinson, who secured the rugby world cup for England last month in Australia with a drop kick in the final's closing seconds.

Wilkinson picked up the lesser award of an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) on Wednesday.



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