Arise Sir Bryn! Opera star knighted at a Buckingham Palace

Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel has been knighted for services to music at a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony today.

Bryn Terfel admitted he was "speechless" when he discovered he had been made a knight for his services to music in the New Year Honours list.

The bass-baritone from Caernarfonshire, who received a CBE in 2003, said his face "turned a wonderful colour of white" and his "heart rate tripled" when he opened the letter informing him of the honour, having thought the envelope would contain rugby tickets.

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The news of the knighthood comes after a "great year" for the singer, in which he became engaged to Hannah Stone, 29, former official harpist to the Prince of Wales. The couple are expecting a baby this spring.