By Jonathan Borge
Updated Dec 07, 2017 @ 10:45 am

No doubt about it: Ed Sheeran is on top of the world.

Not only was the 26-year-old English singer recognized as 2017’s most-streamed artist on Spotify earlier this week, but he’s now also getting some royal attention.

On Thursday, Sheeran not-so-casually headed to Buckingham Palace, where he was made an MBE, meaning he’s now officially a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, presented Sheeran with a medal representative of the honor.

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It sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi flick, but it isn't. It is indeed a legitimate award, and Sheeran has never looked quite so happy.

No, seriously. He looks, really, really happy to have received this award:

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Here he is looking proud, likely thinking to himself, "Wow! I can't believe I, Ed Sheeran, am at Buckingham Palace right now. It's lit":

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Here he is holding up the medal as though it's a baby, as though it's a prized possession, as though he's in love with the shape of it. His wide stance is reflective of his confidence:

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Oh, Ed. You kill us.

But then, something unexpected happened: HE TOUCHED THE MEDAL!

That's right. Ed Sheeran took the medal out of its protective case and carefully grabbed it by its little red ribbon. (Is this even allowed? Does the royal family even allow people upon whom they bestow such an honor to ACTUALLY touch their own medal? Hello, Prince Charles?)

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The medal looks quite small in comparison to Sheeran. But something tells us he is, in fact, in love with its shape. He's in love with the shape of his medal.

According to Clarence House, Sheeran’s MBE is for his services to music and charity. In a tweet, Clarence House shared that the event was particularly special for the singer. “… My grandfather … he died on this day for years ago, so it’s actually quite a nice full circle thing, I guess he’d be pretty proud.”

Congrats, Ed!