Rod Stewart shares birthday wishes from family
Sir Rod Stewart, 76, said he had cut back on his alcohol intake following his recent knee surgery but discussed a drunken time he remembers with the royals in a new interview. The rockstar was presented with an OBE for his services to music and charity by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace just over four years ago.
The Maggie May hitmaker recalled his discussion with the royals as he collected his honour.
Speaking of what Prince William said to him at the time, he recalled: “He said, ‘So, are you still singing?’ I said ‘Yeah mate, I’ve got a big family. I’ve got to’.
“It was a proud moment though. I wish my dad had seen it.
“I went to the palace, got p***ed at lunchtime.”
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He went on to say: “The Queen asked me how Will had done, saying ‘Did he make a good job of it?’ I said ‘Yeah’. I’m definitely a Royalist for sure’.”
Rod collected his award with his wife Penny Lancaster and their two sons Alastair and Aiden by his side.
Nowadays, Rod said he has cut back on his drinking after a recent knee replacement.
Speaking to Harry Redknapp on his new podcast, he explained: “I’ve just had a full knee replacement and I’ve also had an ankle fusion – all thanks to football.
“I like to box on the big bag in my gym, but after a gig these days I’ll order four of five bottles of red wine, a bottle of Bacardi, it’s mostly for the band.
“They always come back to my dressing room for a celebration after every gig.”
After his knee surgery, Rod splashed out £8,000 on a corrective ankle fusion operation in order to straighten his bones.
He previously explained: “My knee got fixed with a knee replacement, so then the ankle didn’t know what was going on because obviously it’s crooked because of the knees, so now I’ve had to have the ankle done.
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“So when this is all done, I should have a nice straight leg and be able to run.”
Speaking to Chris Evans on his podcast, the singer added his injury was caused by playing football.
After his operation, Rod returned to the stage for some gigs in Florida early last year.
His wife Penny said at the time: “He is like a masterclass of knee replacement – there’s no stopping him.”
Rod had three weeks residency in Las Vegas but some shows were postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The singer has been married to his third wife Penny since 2007.
The couple share two sons together and he also has six other children from previous relationships.
He was previously married to Alana Stewart and Rachel Hunter.
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