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Rod Stewart makes rare public appearance with family as he receives knighthood at Buckingham Palace

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Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

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Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

Rod Stewart received knighthood at Buckingham Palace today.

The musician received knighthood at Buckingham Palace today in recognition of his services to music and charity - just one month before he's set to wow the crowds during his sell-out Irish tour.

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Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

The veteran singer, (71), previously described the award as a "monumental honour".

He said: "I've led a wonderful life and have had a tremendous career thanks to the generous support of the great British public.

"This monumental honour has topped it off and I couldn't ask for anything more. I thank Her Majesty and promise to 'wear it well'."

He arrived at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster ahead of him and children Aiden and Alastair.

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Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden. Photo: Gareth Fulller/PA Wire

His well known classics span five decades and include Maggie May, Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, Baby Jane, The First Cut is the Deepest, I Don’t Want To Talk About It, Tonight’s The Night, The Killing of Georgie and Sailing.

The musician will play the Three Arena on November 18.

The artist said in a statement: “What a great line-up of venues.  These are some of my favourite buildings in my favourite cities.  I give you fair warning – fasten your seat belts.  I’m pulling out all the stops! “

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