Van Morrison | Photo by Bradley Quinn | courtesy of the artist

Iconic Belfast singer-songwriter Van Morrisonwas knighted today in a ceremony presided over by Prince Charles of Wales at Buckingham Palace.  Introduced as Sir Ivan Morrison, he received the honor for his services to the music industry and tourism in Northern Ireland, according to the BBC – who Morrison talked to after the ceremony, describing the experience as “amazing” and “exhilarating.”

Read more here. The 70-year-old artist’s most recent release was last year’s Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue, where he performed his songs with Mavis Staples, Joss Stone, Taj Mahal, the late Natalie Cole and more.