Sir Ken Dodd awarded a knighthood at Buckingham Palace

Fiona Simpson

Comedian Ken Dodd was “highly tickled” as he received a knighthood at Buckingham Palace.

The entertainer was knighted by Prince William in honour of his services to comedy and for his charity work on Thursday.

The 89-year-old, who was given an OBE in 1982, is still touring across the UK with his Happiness tour.

Sir Ken, well-known for his wild hair and “tickling stick”, told the BBC: “One of the happiest things is the joy and pleasure it brings to your family and friends and then you say to yourself it is a great honour and I just hope I'll be worthy of it."

The veteran comic began his career in 1954 and six years later won in a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for telling 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours.

His single Tears was the third highest-selling song of the 1960s in Britain behind, beaten only by two Beatles songs.

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