Barry Gibb receives his knighthood from Prince Charles

Barry Gibb said the thought of being referred to as Sir Barry for the rest of his life is 'a bit surreal'.

FILE: Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb. Picture: ‏@GibbBarry/Twitter.

LONDON - Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb has been knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

The 71-year-old singer - who is best known as a co-founder of the Bee Gees - officially received his honour for his services to music and charity earlier on Tuesday.

Gibb - who starred in the chart-topping group alongside his brothers Robin and Maurice Gibb - said: "If it was not for my brothers, I would not be here. If I had spent my whole life writing songs on my own, it would have meant something else altogether. I hope and pray that they are aware of what has happened and that they are proud. I believe in that."

Gibb admitted that his brothers - both of whom have passed away - would have loved to have celebrated the accolade with him.

He said, too, that the thought of being referred to as Sir Barry for the rest of his life is "a bit surreal".

Gibb shared: "It is a high award that your culture can give you and that is something I am enormously proud of."

He attended the ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London with his wife Linda, and their children Ashley (40), Michael (33) and Alexandra (26).

And Gibb - whose brothers were inspired by the success of the Beatles - revealed the secrets to his family's success after moving to the UK from Australia in the 1960s.

The How Deep Is Your Love hitmaker explained: "I think being relentless had a lot to do with it. When you are a kid and you make up your mind to do something.

"You have got to have failure with a lot of success and I think that is what keeps you grounded."