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.
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.