Sir Elton John, 74, supports himself with a stick when he receives honour

Sir Elton John was seen today supporting himself with a cane from a hip injury, when he received a prestigious honor from Prince Charles in recognition of his glittering career in music and campaign work against AIDS.

The musician was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honor by the Prince of Wales at a ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Charles, 72, was pictured chatting with Sir Elton as he handed him the prize. He pointed to his cane, which the singer is using after an injury that he says “can’t move sideways.”

Knighted in 1998 for his services to music and charity, the 74-year-old has sold more than 300 million records worldwide during a pop career spanning more than five decades.

The musician was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honor by the Prince of Wales at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.  He used a cane after he recently had a hip replacement

The musician was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honor by the Prince of Wales at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle. He used a cane after he recently had a hip replacement

Charles, 72, was seen talking to Sir Elton when he handed him the prize.  He pointed to his cane, which the singer uses after hip surgery, while smiling assistants looked on

Charles, 72, was seen talking to Sir Elton when he handed him the prize. He pointed to his cane, which the singer uses after hip surgery, while smiling assistants looked on

What is the Order of the Companions? Illustrious Prize also awarded to Paul McCartney and David Attenborough

The Order of the Companions of Honor was established by George V in 1917 in recognition of service of national importance.

Sometimes considered the lower order of the Order of Merit, it consists of the sovereign, plus no more than 65 members, who are allowed to use the letters CH after their names.

Sir Elton joins an illustrious list of recipients, including announcer Sir David Attenborough, actress Dame Judi Dench, former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and cook Delia Smith.

Hits over the years include Rocket Man, I’m Still Standing and Blue Eyes, with Sir Elton scoring his first UK number one single in 16 years last month with Cold Heart, a collaboration with Dua Lipa.

The musician has also devoted much of his life to charities, including his Elton John Aids Foundation, and has lobbied for action against HIV/AIDS – which continues to claim hundreds of thousands of lives each year – and encourages people to get tested.

Sir Elton gave fans an update ahead of his hip surgery earlier this month – revealing he ‘cannot move sideways’ – and vowed to ‘make it right’ with fans eager to see him perform.

The music legend explained that he is in constant pain and that his hip was unlikely to last the entire tour. So it was decided to have surgery before he could get back on the road.

Asked about his health by Lorraine after he decided to postpone his tour, Elton said: “I wouldn’t be 100 percent fit. I wouldn’t be 100 percent sure because my hip hurts most of the time.

‘I can’t move sideways. I can’t get in and out of a car. And the decision had to be made because I wouldn’t want to be on the podium and give less than 100 percent.

“And I don’t know—with a year and a half of touring to go—how long my hip would last.

‘Probably not. So it’s better to do it now.

“Unfortunately I have to disappoint everyone this year, but I will make it up and I will be in much better shape.”

Knighted in 1998 for his services to music and charity, the 74-year-old has sold more than 300 million records worldwide during a pop career spanning more than five decades.

Knighted in 1998 for his services to music and charity, the 74-year-old has sold more than 300 million records worldwide during a pop career spanning more than five decades.

Knighted in 1998 for his services to music and charity, the 74-year-old has sold more than 300 million records worldwide during a pop career spanning more than five decades.

Elton also told Lorraine about his two sons – Zachary, 10, and Elijah, eight, who he shares with husband David Furnish, 59 – gushing: ‘They love music. They put together their own summer playlist this year.

“I’ve bought them all the Beatles, The Who, Bowie and everything CDs. All the great British artists. They like all kinds of music. They are very proud that I have a hit with Dua Lipa.’

Elton previously revealed he was in ‘significant pain’ after injuring his hip and was advised to operate ‘as soon as possible’.

In September, he described his “great sadness” at the tour’s delay before explaining: “I fell awkwardly on a hard surface and have had a lot of pain and discomfort in my hip ever since.”

He wrote: ‘It is with great sadness and heavy heart that I am compelled to reschedule the 2021 dates of my Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in Europe and the UK to 2023’, with the tour set to take place in New Orleans in January 2022. be resumed. .

“At the end of my summer vacation I fell awkwardly on a hard surface and since then I’ve had a lot of pain and discomfort in my hip.”

The musician has also devoted much of his life to charities, including his Elton John Aids Foundation, and has lobbied for action against HIV/AIDS - which continues to claim hundreds of thousands of lives each year - and encourages people to get tested.

The musician has also devoted much of his life to charities, including his Elton John Aids Foundation, and has lobbied for action against HIV/AIDS – which continues to claim hundreds of thousands of lives each year – and encourages people to get tested.

The Prince of Wales meets Sir Elton John backstage after the Royal Variety Performance at the London Coliseum in 2004

The Prince of Wales meets Sir Elton John backstage after the Royal Variety Performance at the London Coliseum in 2004

The Order of the Companions of Honor was established by George V in 1917 in recognition of service of national importance.

Sometimes considered the lower order of the Order of Merit, it consists of the sovereign, plus no more than 65 members, who are allowed to use the letters CH after their names.

Sir Elton joins an illustrious list of recipients, including announcer Sir David Attenborough, actress Dame Judi Dench, former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and cook Delia Smith.

Charles meets Sir Elton and his partner David Furnish (center), at a 2001 dinner to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Prince's Trust at St James's Palace, London

Charles meets Sir Elton and his partner David Furnish (center), at a 2001 dinner to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Prince’s Trust at St James’s Palace, London

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