Status Quo rockers Rick Parfitt and FRANCIS ROSSI are overjoyed by their Order of the British Empire (OBE) medals, branding the honour the "most exceptional moment" of their careers.
The ageing stars were presented with the prestigious accolades by Queen Elizabeth II on Friday (12Feb10) during a ceremony at London's Buckingham Palace.
And the duo is stunned by the honour, which was handed out in recognition of its services to charity and the music industry.
Rossi, 60, says, "This is the most exceptional moment of our careers - there's no two ways about it. This is the most formal occasion I've come to in my life. It's one thing going out to play for 50,000 people. It's another thing talking one-to-one with the Queen - so nerve-wracking."
Parfitt, 61, adds, "It's wonderful that we have been recognised for what we've done. We never would have expected this when we started out 40-odd years ago. Never in a million years do you dream you're going to become Officers of the British Empire and meet the Queen, it's almost unreal. It hasn't quite sunk in yet, we're incredibly honoured."