Elton John Receives Royal Honour

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Elton John was anointed Wednesday as a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, one of the highest awards available to Commonwealth citizens.

The award, established by King George V in 1917, recognizes those who have made “a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government” over a long period of time.

John, who was appointed in 2019, received the medal from Prince Charles at Windsor Castle. Walking with a cane following hip surgery, the 74-year-old singer was accompanied by his Canadian husband David Furnish.

"An incredible honour to be made a member of the Order of Companions of Honour today in acknowledgement of my services to music and the fight to end AIDS," read the caption on a set of photos on Instagram. "Thank you to the Prince of Wales and @clarencehouse for your recognition and support."

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Following the ceremony, John told reporters that even though he is not fully recovered from surgery, he is "still raring to go and I've got a lot more work to do as far as my life goes.

"So this is just a reminder that there’s more to do. More work to do for music, more work to do for charity and life is great – I’m so lucky."

Only a handful of music artists have been made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour. Paul McCartney accepted in 2017.

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