Brilliant extract from new Mick Jagger biography today in the Mail which claims Tony Blair had to submit Mick Jagger for a knighthood five times before the Queen acquiesced. The reason? She suspected him of having been a bad influence on her sister, Princess Margaret - and possibly a lover.In "Mick: The Wild Life And Mad Genius Of Mick Jagger", Christopher Andersen writes: "Time and time again, the monarch had intervened to cover up potentially scandalous revelations that would have linked Princess Margaret with the bad boy of rock. One of these concerned an outrageous party at which drugs were served — and which led to Margaret being rushed to hospital."
When Jagger finally got his gong in 2002, Prince Charles stood in for his mother.She had decided to have elective surgery on her left knee that day although there was no pressing need for the operation."The Queen looked at Mick Jagger’s name on that list and there was absolutely no way in the world that she was going to take part in that. She simply arranged to be elsewhere."