Status Quo rockers awarded OBEs
Published 12/02/2010 | 14:54
Status Quo rockers Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt have described being awarded OBEs by the Queen as the most "exceptional" moment of their musical careers.
The legendary musicians, who have been entertaining crowds for more than 40 years, appeared humbled by the experience of receiving the honour from the monarch at a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony.
Rossi, looking smart in a dark pinstriped suit, said as his music partner nodded in agreement: "This is the most exceptional moment of our careers - there's no two ways about it."
He went on: "Live Aid was contrastingly very different and important and there was a great euphoric feeling on the day but nothing can make you forget this.
"It's part of the establishment which is everything that's been around us since we were little and it's something to aspire to. Whether you're a royalist or not you cannot take away what the Queen and the Royal Family do for us."
Parfitt was wearing a smart grey suit and had his trademark long hair, while Rossi had short locks after he ditched his famous ponytail last year, saying it looked "ridiculous".
Speaking after the ceremony, Parfitt said: "Never in a million years do you dream you're going to become Officers of the British Empire and meet the Queen, it's almost unreal. It hasn't quite sunk in yet. We're incredibly honoured."
Rossi said: "This is the most formal occasion I've come to in my life. It's one thing going out to play for 50,000 people. It's another thing talking one-to-one with the Queen - so nerve-wracking."