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Suffolk-born superstar Ed Sheeran awarded MBE

Suffolk-born superstar Ed Sheeran awarded MBE

Ed Sheeran's latest album exploded when it was released in March this year and the following months have been an absolute whirlwind for the ginger singer.

The 26-year-old was named in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honours list in June last year (16) but waited until now to pick up his medal at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.

Despite breaking numerous records - including becoming the most-streamed artist on Spotify, and topping the Apple Music and iTunes charts with the most popular album, "Divide", and song ['Shape of You'] of 2017 - and winning countless awards during his career spanning more than a decade, Ed said that "persistence" has got him where he is.

Prince Charles presented the "Shape of You" singer with the award - which Ed says was a surreal experience. The singer is known for working for organisations including East Anglia's children's Hospices.

The singer-songwriter said he was dashing off to have a celebratory curry with his parents John and Imogen Sheeran in central London, before catching his flight to NY.

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He said: "Do you know what I love, my grandfather was a massive royalist, he had all the commemorative plates and stuff, and he died on this day four years ago, so it's actually quite a nice full circle thing, I guess he'd be pretty proud".

From sleeping rough outside Buckingham Palace to receiving a MBE from the Prince of Wales inside the Palace the Castle on the Hill singer has come a long way.

According to Clarence House, Sheeran's MBE is for his services to music and charity.


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