Ed Sheeran receives Queen's Birthday Honour

  • 18/06/2017
LA PLATA, ARGENTINA - MAY 20: Ed Sheeran smiles during the 'Devide' Tour at Ciudad de La Plata Stadium on May 20, 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Santiago Bluguermann/LatinContent/Getty Images)
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Ed Sheeran has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours as a Member of the British Empire (MBE).

The singer-songwriter says he's "chuffed" to receive the award which recognises his services to music and charity.

The announcement comes a week before one of the star's biggest gigs to date, performing at the UK Glastonbury festival to more than 100,000 people.

In December he returned from a year-long break to release his new album, Divide, which three months on is still topping UK charts.

The redhead holidayed in New Zealand during his time off, loving it so much he toyed with becoming a citizen.

"I've always said that if a world war breaks out, the one place I would go to is New Zealand because no one is going to be bothered to come that far to invade. They'll be like, 'Ah, we'll leave them be,'" he told the Daily Star.

Sheeran will return to the country during his world tour next April, performing six shows in Auckland and Dunedin.