Robert Plant with Prince Charles.
(Photo by Johnny Green)
Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant , right, receives his CBE from Britain’s Prince Charles during the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on Friday, July 10, 2009.
Robert Plant Receives Commander of the British Empire Award.
Associated Press, July 10, 2009 — Robert Plant received a royal honor from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Friday, putting the former Led Zeppelin front man one notch above his old band mate Jimmy Page.
But, Plant joked he and Page would not be fighting over rank, even though Plant’s new Commander of the British Empire is a higher honor than Page’s Order of the British Empire.
“If we can remember each other’s phone number at this time in life it’s a miracle,” he joked. “We’re still good friends, we both enjoy a rather dark sense of humor that comes, I think, from being from rather the wrong side of the tracks for all those wild years.”
Plant opted not to take part in a Led Zeppelin reunion tour last year, choosing instead to concentrate on his collaboration with American bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.
Also receiving the CBE on Friday was English actress Liz Smith, 87, who appeared on the British TV series “The Royle Family.”
Link to my earlier post on Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin, my favorite band.
Link to my earlier post on “Sir” Robert Plant.
Robert Plant with his children Logan, left, Carman and Jordan on the right.
Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant with his son Logan, left, daughter Carman and son Jordan, right, pose for a photograph with his CBE which he received from Britain’s Prince Charles during the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on Friday, July 10, 2009
I always knew that Robert Plant was an aristocrat among rock stars. Now, it’s official. Plant was honored today as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II, according to Reuters News. I thought he’d been knighted, but not so. See third comment below. He can’t be called “Sir,” either, but if Elton John can be called “Sir,” certainly Robert can!
The Queen also granted awards to British fantasy writer Terry Pratchett and members of Britain‘s Beijing Olympics team, including a knighthood for triple cycling gold medallist Chris Hoy, Britain’s most successful Olympian at a single game in a century.
Plant, 60, is most famous for being the lead singer of rock band Led Zeppelin in the 1970s. I was lucky enough to see Led Zeppelin in 1970.
Plant has forged a successful career since Led Zeppelin‘s disbanded in 1980. He reunited with surviving band members a couple of times for fund-raisers, including once in 2007. Plant recently collaborated with singer Alison Krauss on the celebrated album “Raising Sand.” I saw Plant and Krauss when they toured this year. They were fantastic! To find links to my posts about Plant, Krauss and Led Zeppelin, see below. Click on the post headlines to see the photos, if they don’t appear at first.
Led Zeppelin in 1969 at the beginning of the band's career.
The CBE honors are bestowed in the name of Queen Elizabeth II and are recommended by a panel that considers suggestions from British government departments and political parties as well as from members of the public, according to Reuters.
Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant
Robert Plant’s official webpage.
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is explained here.