"Many of you will have already heard that I have been awarded an OBE at the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours. I am hugely chuffed and very grateful for the countless congratulatory messages from family, friends, business associates, and fans. I’ve actually known about the honour since May but was asked to keep it confidential until today. It’s tremendously satisfying to be listed among an amazing array of musicians, actors, and music producers who have also received The Queen’s Honours in the arts. For those of you who may not know about the British Honours System, the Honour of OBE stands for "Officer of the Order of the British Empire."
- Alan Parsons