Rod Stewart is baffled about why he hasn't been knighted. No one better tell him about Cheryl Cole's new ladyship then.

The 68-year-old rock and roller left Britain in the 70s to evade paying 83p in the £1 in tax to the Inland Revenue and he believes this is what has stopped him receiving the honour from Queen Elizabeth II.

Rod - who lives in Los Angeles with his wife Penny Lancaster and their children - says it's not fair because fellow British singers like Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Tom Jones who left the UK still were awarded the prestigious title, telling the Daily Mirror 'Mick doesn't pay taxes here and Tom lives in America.'

Although Rod is 'not bothered' about being knighted he joked about having one thing in common with the queen - his unchanging hair style, saying 'If my time comes, it will. But if it doesn't, I'm not bothered. The queen and I have one thing in common. The same hairstyle for 45 years!'

Rod is also convinced he is a better performer than Rolling Stones frontman Mick - who received glittering reviews following his energetic performance at the Glastonbury festival on Saturday night. He said: 'Mick is a fine blues singer but technically not as good as me. He's made the best of what he's got.' Meow, someone's a bitter lemon.

He is hoping the Rolling Stones - which also include Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts - will end their career soon as he wants to reunite The Faces with his friend Ronnie.

He said: 'Ronnie and I talk about it, and when the Stones finish we'll have a window of opportunity - if we're not on zimmers. Keep the faith.'