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Jagger avoids Jonny clash
Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger said he wanted "to avoid a media scrum"
Mick Jagger has switched the date of his knighthood ceremony to avoid a clash with rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson.

The Rolling Stones star had been due to be honoured by the Queen on 10 December - the same day as the England world cup star is due to receive his MBE.

But the singer has now agreed to an alternative date of 12 December offered by Buckingham Palace.

Jagger's spokesman said the 60-year-old musician recognised that Wilkinson was "the man of the moment".


"Mick wanted to avoid a media scrum - he's happy to switch the date," the spokesman told BBC News Online.

Jagger is to be knighted for services to music, almost 18 months after the honour was announced.

It was delayed due to the Rolling Stones' 40th anniversary world tour, which began last September in Boston and ended in Hong Kong last month.

Jagger had expressed surprise when the knighthood was announced, saying: "I didn't expect to get one. I just didn't.

"Noel Coward didn't get a knighthood until he was 80. Tom Stoppard's older than me - he didn't get a knighthood until recently."

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