Sir Rod, you wear it well.

Rocker Rod Stewart donned tartan trousers - a nod to his Scottish heritage - and a scarlet-trimmed military-style tunic to be knighted by Prince William at Buckingham Palace.

Sir Rod Stewart is made a Knights Batchelor by Britain's William during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Photo / AP
Sir Rod Stewart is made a Knights Batchelor by Britain's William during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Photo / AP

The raspy-voiced singer of Maggie May, Do Ya Think I'm Sexy and You Wear It Well was honoured "for services to music and charity".

The 71-year-old star will be able to call himself Sir Roderick David Stewart.

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He was joined by wife Penny Lancaster and sons Alastair and Aiden for Tuesday's investiture ceremony.

Queen Elizabeth II greets Sir Rod Stewart and wife Penny Lancaster after he was awarded a knighthood in recognition of his services to music and charity. Photo / Getty
Queen Elizabeth II greets Sir Rod Stewart and wife Penny Lancaster after he was awarded a knighthood in recognition of his services to music and charity. Photo / Getty

When the award was announced by Queen Elizabeth II earlier this year, Stewart said it was "a monumental honour''.

He added: "I thank her majesty and promise to 'wear it well'."

Sir Rod Stewart with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden after he received his knighthood in recognition of his services to music and charity. Photo / Getty
Sir Rod Stewart with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and Aiden after he received his knighthood in recognition of his services to music and charity. Photo / Getty

Stewart joins a range of rockers knighted over the years.

Cliff Richard was the first rock star to receive a knighthood in 1995 for service to music and charity.

From there they rolled in including Welsh singers Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones, Elton John, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney.