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Ray Davies of The Kinks Knighted

By: Maura O'Malley

March 17, 2017

You may now refer to The Kinks’ frontman as Sir Ray Davies, as he was officially awarded knighthood yesterday by Prince Charles.

His reaction to the ceremony? According to U.K. news source The Daily Mail, he said, “It lasted three minutes, and it went very well, and I said goodbye and went home.” There’s that dry British humor!

But, on a more serious note, he did also say, “Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed, but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.”

You can hear Sir Ray Davies share more on knighthood below.

Davies now joins the ranks of formerly knighted musicians Elton John, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, and more.