Kinks frontman Ray Davies joins Paul McCartney, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart and Beatles producer George Martin...a small group of rock stars who have been knighted. He was recognized for services to the arts today by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
“It lasted three minutes and it went very well,” a typically dry-witted Davies told the British media, "and I said goodbye and went home.” Davies was named Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the Queen back in 2004.
Davies had already announced plans for a long-awaited Kinks reunion, another book and a musical before officially becoming Sir Ray. “Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed,” he said about the honor. “But after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans – as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.”