News > Queen presents rocker May with CBE

Added on 06-Dec-2005

Queen guitarist Brian May has received a CBE from the Queen. The Queen joked about May's performance of God Save the Queen on top of Buckingham Palace during the Jubilee celebrations in 2002, as she presented the musician with the honour.

May, whose black curly hair was done in his usual rocker's style for the investiture, said: "The Queen said 'It's a bit warmer down here than on the roof, isn't it?'."

The musician, who found fame with the band Queen, said the group's late lead singer, Freddie Mercury, would have been delighted for him.

"He would have loved it. He would have been here. I think Fred's very proud," May said.

Flamboyant front man Mercury died with an Aids-related illness in 1991.

Queen, whose hits included We will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody, sold more than 25 million greatest hits albums worldwide.

The Queen asked May what it was like to go on tour.

He said afterwards: "I said I'm not 25 any more. She asked if I still enjoyed it. There's no way I could do it if I didn't.

"She was very charming."

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