“It was all rather wonderfully formal,” said Mick Jagger after being knighted by Prince Charles on December 12th. In honor of the occasion. Sir Mick — joined by his ninety-two-year-old dad, Joe, and his daughters Elizabeth and Karis — wore his fanciest pair of sneakers. Jagger endured criticism from Keith Richards, who said, “I thought it was ludicrous to take one of those gongs from the Establishment when they did their best to throw us in jail.” But Jagger, who was arrested with Richards in England for pot possession in 1967, took Richards’ guff in stride, saying, “I don’t think the Establishment as we knew it exists anymore.”
This story is from the January 22nd, 2004 issue of Rolling Stone.