Rock legend Rick made CBE in Queen's honours
Norfolk-based rock star and keyboard legend Rick Wakeman has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s honours list.
The former Yes keyboardist, who has recorded with numerous stars including David Bowie, T. Rex and Sir Elton John, is recognised for services to music and broadcasting.
The 72-year-old is an active member of his local community in Diss. He said, “When I first received the email about receiving an honour, I genuinely thought it had been sent in error and had to read it twice before believing it was for real and not a hoax either! I then had a cup of tea and read the email again!”
Rick’s Christian faith has supported him throughout his life. He also describes himself as ‘extremely patriotic’, ‘very British’ and ‘very much a Royalist’. He said, “I will admit to feeling very proud but am also acutely aware that it is the musical gift that I am lucky enough to have, that has enabled me to reach out through music in so many ways and that is something that almost certainly, most people would like to be able to do… so I am extremely grateful for that.”
Rick was informed about the honour at the end of May but had to keep the news strictly confidential until the list was made public on Monday June 11. He said, “I can't help but think how proud my Mum and Dad would have been, (they would have been 103 and 105 respectively if they were still bodily here… thankfully they are here in spirit)!”
“Once again I have to say how gobsmacked I am and probably will be for some time!”
Photo © Lee Wilkinson 2017