No doubt about it: Ed Sheeran is on top of the world.
Not only was the 26-year-old English singer recognized as 2017’s most-streamed artist on Spotify earlier this week, but he’s now also getting some royal attention.
On Thursday, Sheeran not-so-casually headed to Buckingham Palace, where he was made an MBE, meaning he’s now officially a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, presented Sheeran with a medal representative of the honor.
It sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi flick, but it isn't. It is indeed a legitimate award, and Sheeran has never looked quite so happy.
No, seriously. He looks, really, really happy to have received this award:
According to Clarence House, Sheeran’s MBE is for his services to music and charity. In a tweet, Clarence House shared that the event was particularly special for the singer. “… My grandfather … he died on this day for years ago, so it’s actually quite a nice full circle thing, I guess he’d be pretty proud.”
This article originally appeared on InStyle.