03/29/2006 AT 01:45 PM EST
Welsh singing legend Tom Jones was knighted by Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday in honor of the hip-swiveling star's four decades of performing.
Jones, 65, whose real name is Thomas Woodward, received the accolade for services to music at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.
"It is fantastic. I love seeing the Queen and I have always been a royalist," he told the BBC afterwards. "She is lovely and she still is lovely. She has got a great smile and her whole face lights up when she smiles."
Sir Tom – known as Jones the Voice in his homeland – had his first number one hit in 1965 with "It's Not Unusual" and went on to notch up a series of chart successes including "Delilah," "Green Green Grass Of Home" and "Sex Bomb."
A contemporary of Elvis Presley, Jones has won a new legion of fans in recent years performing with modern stars such as Wyclef Jean and Robbie Williams.