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Van Morrison to be knighted by the Queen for services to music and tourism

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Belfast-born singer Van Morrison will be given a knighthood in the Queen's birthday honours.

The music veteran issued a statement announcing the news.

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"Throughout my career I have always preferred to let my music speak for me and it is a huge honour to now have that body of work recognised in this way. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans who have supported me on my musical journey."

Morrison (69) will be honoured for his services to music and tourism in Northern Ireland.

The world-renowned talent recently released his 35th studio album.

The Brown-Eyed Girl singer, who has been making music since the 1960s, is among just over 1,000 people who will be recognised for their respective achievements by the Queen.

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Also on the list are British thesps Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne, creator of Paddington Bear Michael Bond, American actor Kevin Spacey and comedian Lenny Henry.

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