Robert Plant Named Commander of the British Empire

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For years, thousands of fans have considered Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant rock royalty. Now, 29 years after the group first called it quits, Plant, 60, has received accolades from bona fide royalty. On Friday, Prince Charles bestowed the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire(CBE), reserved for those "who have a high profile role in regional affairs and have made a distinguished contribution in their area of activity," on the singer. Plant received the award for his "services to popular music," and joins some of Britain's most notable names, including fellow singers Elton John and Roger Daltrey, on the list of recipients.

Four years ago, Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was named an Officer of the British Empire (OBE), a title one notch below Plant's. Plant insisted this wouldn't harm their relationship. "If we can remember each other's phone number at this time in life it's a miracle," he said. "We're still good friends, we both enjoy a rather dark sense of humor that comes, I think, from being on the wrong side of the tracks for all those wild years."

They may be "good friends," but Plant is still insisting that the group's dancing days are over. "Sometimes I go a bit deaf in either ear," he told the reporters who questioned him about a reunion, "especially when people are talking nonsense."

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