Bruce Forsyth said he cannot wait to call his wife "my lady" after it was announced he is being made a knight in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
The 83-year-old entertainer said he thought it was a hoax when he first received the letter telling him about the honour, which comes after a long campaign by fans and friends alike.
He said: "We were doubtful because it's been going on so long, the speculation, we thought it might be a hoax so we did check all the way down the line that it was real."
The latest honour for Bruce, who was made a CBE in 2006, caps a showbusiness career that stretches back to the Second World War.
Some would say it has been a long time coming. There have been internet petitions and even a parliamentary Early Day Motion signed by 73 MPs asking for him to be knighted.
Bruce said: "Michael Grade put in a very good word, even Elton John put into print 'Why hasn't Bruce received this honour?'."
He said he was not sure what he would say to the Queen and described his visit to the palace to collect his CBE as "very nerve-wracking".
And Bruce added he was looking forward to celebrating with his wife, former Miss World Wilnelia Merced, when she arrived back in the country from her native Puerto Rico.
He said: "I did feel as happy for my wife as I did for me and I can't wait to call her my lady."
Tributes came in from his Strictly co-host Tess Daly, who called him "Britain's greatest living all-round entertainer".
She said: "Does this mean I'll have to curtsy now at the start of each show?"