LONDON: Chart-topping singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has been awarded an MBE by the Prince of Wales for a glittering musical career and his charity work, reported The Independent.
The title MBE stands for Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
The award winning celebrity, whose latest album Divide spent more than 15 weeks at the top of the charts, received the honour during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony.
From sleeping on Jamie Foxx’s sofa as a budding musician to performing to tens of thousands of fans worldwide, the 26-year-old has come a long way since he released his debut album in 2011.
He has notched up three chart topping singles, won a Grammy Award last year and his latest track “Perfect” – newly re-worked as a duet with Beyonce – is expected to become his next No.1.
Sheeran has worked with a range of charities including East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, an organisation he supports as an ambassador and has the Duchess of Cambridge as its royal patron.
He has also been named as the biggest star on YouTube in the UK in 2017, topping the site’s most popular video lists for the year.
Comedian Tony Hawks was also recognised during the investiture ceremony and was awarded an MBE for his charity work in Moldova where he has opened a children’s centre to help youngsters with chronic conditions.
Sandra Major, the senior caseworker of MP Jo Cox – who was with the politician when she was murdered – was awarded an MBE for parliamentary services and services to the community in Batley and Spen.
Cox was shot and stabbed as she arrived for a constituency surgery in Birstall on June 16, last year. The mother of two had been elected as Labour MP for the Batley and Spen constituency just 13 months earlier.