FYLDE coast singing sensation Joe Longthorne today revealed his pride after picking up his MBE at Buckingham Palace.
The 57-year-old crooner received the top award from Prince Charles because of his long career in the entertainment industry and the work he does for charity.
The entertainer was awarded the honour in the 2012 Birthday Honours list.
Joe today revealed how nervous he had been before receiving the gong from the famous royal.
And he said he was particularly impressed by how knowledgeable the prince was as he referred to Joe’s victory in his battle against cancer.
He added: “I was up at 4.30am because I couldn’t sleep but I needn’t have worried because Prince Charles put everyone at their ease.
“He even said that I must have someone looking after me so I was touched and honoured that he’d done his homework about me.”
He added that they chatted for three or four minutes about his charity work - including some for the Prince’s Trust, Charles’ own foundation.
The whole ceremony took a couple of hours before Joe and his entourage headed straight to Hull where his family still live, to show them all his special medal.
He added: “But I’ll be back at work on Saturday and Sunday because the show must go on.”
Joe will be heading a special evening at the Viva Cabaret Bar in Blackpool next Thursday to celebrate his award.