Ray Davies honoured by the Queen

Ray Davies has been awarded a Knighthood in the New Year Honours List.

The Kinks lynchpin, 72, previously accepted a CBE from the Queen in 2004. Speaking about his latest recognition, he said: “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.”

Also being honoured are Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel, for services to music, and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, for services to the fashion industry.

Nearly 2,000 people have been included in the New Year Honours list. Among those to be recognised last year were Goldie, Damon Albarn and Idris Elba.

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