Live Aid co-founder Midge Ure said he felt "fantastic" as he collected his OBE from the Queen on Tuesday.
The ex-Ultravox frontman was accompanied by his family
The ex-Ultravox singer wore a kilt for the occasion at Buckingham Palace. Ure, 52, was awarded the accolade for both his music and charity work.
"It's fantastic. It's wonderful. I've had many awards in my time but nothing so official, so prestigious," he said.
Ure had 16 hits with Ultravox before organising charity projects Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with Bob Geldof.
The Scottish musician was accompanied at the investiture by his wife Sheridan and daughters Molly, 18, Kitty, 11, Ruby, eight, and six-year-old Flossie.
Ure wore a plain black kilt with matching black shirt, jacket, socks and a silver tie, to pick up his honour.
"The Queen said something about it. I can't remember what but I think it was a gracious comment rather than 'What on earth are you wearing?'"
He said the Queen spoke to him about Live 8, held in July ahead of the G8 summit at Gleneagles.
"The Queen said: 'You've been very busy in the summer,' obviously talking about Live 8.
"She asked if it was ever going to quieten down.
"I said the record would continue to generate income long after Bob and I are gone."
Ure helped Bob Geldof set up Live Aid in 1984, and has been director of rock concerts for The Prince's Trust and in honour of former South African president Nelson Mandela.