Suffolk star Ed Sheeran receives MBE from the Prince of Wales

Ed Sheeran receives an MBE from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace

'I don't have a vast amount of talent': Ed Sheeran, 26, is honoured with an MBE at Buckingham Palace... but humble artist says he owes his success to 'persistence'

Six years after breaking into the music industry, Ed collected the prestigious honour fromPrince Charles at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday.

Charles was impressed by the musician's globe-trotting activities as he was due to fly to NY later for a gig on Friday.

The pop star was awarded his gong for services to music and charity.

Ed Sheeran receives an MBE from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace

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.

"Starting the year with a number one single and ending it with a number one single - I've never done that before".

Sheeran's MBE also recognised his charity work and he has supported a range of organisations including East Anglia's Children's Hospices, acting as an ambassador.

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After receiving his MBE the star was quizzed on whether he would be willing to play the first song at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding reception.

The Shape of You singer was all smiles as he shook HRH's hand whilst collecting his MBE (short for Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).

Ed, who has enjoyed phenomenal worldwide success, spoke about his grandfather Bill Sheeran after the ceremony. He explained: "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".

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The pop star, who released his debut album in 2011, revealed that he would love to ideal at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding reception while chatting to PA following the ceremony.

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