Sir Quentin Blake was knighted by the Prince of Wales today after a career spanning 64 years, but in some ways a mere knighthood was a demotion for one of Britain's best loved children's illustrators.
The Prince dubbed the 80-year-old illustrator a knight during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony - but the new Sir Quentin joked that the new title was a step down from his standing in some countries:
– Sir Quentin Blake
It's a huge surprise in one way and in another I've got used to it.
I'm published a lot in France and Europe generally and a lot of them assume that I am one, in fact there was a broadcast on French radio that referred to me as Lord Quentin all the way through.
Sir Quentin was not the only one who was pleased to receive a gong. A number of gold medal winners from last year's Olympic and Paralympic Games were recognised during the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony and sharp shooter Peter Wilson was particularly happy with his MBE.
Wilson, who claimed top honours in the double trap shooting competition at London 2012, leapt into the air with his family around him after he was given his award.
Amateur boxer Anthony Joshua, who won super-heavyweight gold at the Olympics in London will also receive an MBE.
Britain's LTA mixed coxed fours, who won Paralympic gold at London 2012, will be awarded MBEs for services to their sport.
The winning rowing team were David Smith, James Roe, Naomi Riches, Pam Relph and cox Lily van den Broecke.