Queen Prepares to Recognize Sir Mick
06/10/2002 AT 01:00 PM EDT
Talk about satisfaction: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who turns 59 on July 26, is to be knighted by England's Queen Elizabeth II, The Sunday Times of London reported -- and editorialized, "At last, His Satanic Majesty is called to the palace." Other London papers carrying the news said it was Prime Minister Tony Blair who lobbied on behalf of a knighthood for Ol' Rubber Lips, who has fathered seven children by four women -- which may have hindered his delay in being recognized by Her Majesty. Reportedly he was placed on the Queen's list after he joked in a TV documentary last year about how Paul McCartney and Elton John had been knighted and he wasn't. The Times said Jagger could be notified of his honor as early as next week., but a Downing Street spokeswoman told Reuters, "We never comment on honors until they are published." Knightings traditionally take place either on the Queen's birthday or on New Year's. Said The Sunday Times: "Jagger's failure in the past to bag a knighthood has been put down to his hedonistic lifestyle. Since he first came to prominence with the Rolling Stones in the early 1960s, he has publicly played the bad boy." Now, what about Keith Richards?