Ed Sheeran picks up MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace

Ed Sheeran with his MBE

Sheeran was honoured with an MBE medal for his services to music and charity.

The singer-songwriter received the accolade in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity. "... My grandfather ... he died on this day for years ago, so it's actually quite a nice full circle thing, I guess he'd be pretty proud".

Prince Harry wasn't the only red head to grace Buckingham Palace overnight, with Ed Sheeran making an appearance at the royal headquarters.

Sporting a blue tie, long black jacket, light blue waistcoat and grey pants outside the ceremony at Buckingham Palace afterwards, Sheeran spoke to reporters.

Double Grammy victor Ed, from Suffolk, remained modest about his achievements saying he didn't have "vast talent" compared to other artists but his "persistence, drive and self belief" had paid off.

Joking about his meeting with Charles, the musician said the Prince was impressed by his globe-trotting activities as he was due to fly to NY later for a gig.

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At the end, Ed had a brief conversation with Prince Charles and told him that he was travelling to NY tomorrow for another gig.

He also said he was thinking of his grandfather Bill.

His efforts caught the attention of Sir Elton John and Jamie Foxx, who both supported the fledgling musician.

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

I mean, that's a laugh that he doesn't think he has a "vast" amount of talent. The singer is known for working for organisations including East Anglia's children's Hospices.

He said he was dashing off to have a celebratory curry with his parents, John and Imogen Sheeran, in central London, before catching his flight to NY.

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