Six years after breaking into the music industry, Ed collected the prestigious honour fromPrince Charles at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday.
The Shape of You singer was all smiles as he shook HRH's hand whilst collecting his MBE (short for Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).
Sheeran was not named a knight or Sir, so instead of the formalities associated with such a distinction, Sheeran chatted casually with Prince Charles.
Asked about his success, he humbly replied with: "I don't have a vast amount of talent compared to other people, I think talent is like 30 percent of it and persistence, drive and self-belief are the other ones, which I guess are all the same thing".
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ED Sheeran was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace today for his services to music and charity.
Ed dedicated the MBE to his grandfather, Bill Sheeran, who passed away four years earlier.
Sheeran's "New York concert" tomorrow (Dec. 8) is the Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden.
"My grandfather was a massive royalist", the 26-year-old guitarist told BBC News, explaining the personal significance of receiving this honor.
Double Grammy victor Ed, from Suffolk, remained modest about his achievements saying he didn't have "vast talent" compared to other artists but his "persistence, drive and self belief" had paid off.