The 26-year-old was named in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honours list in June last year (16) but waited until now to pick up his medal at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.
"Fans were quick to praise the star, with one writing: "@edsheeran deserves this award and so much more for everything he does to make this world a better place", while another added: "Congratulations Ed Sheeran picked up his MBE from Prince Charles for his music and charity work".
When he chatted with Prince Charles at the ceremony, the heir to the throne was apparently surprised that Sheeran was going to be leaving London for the States quite quickly after the big event.
To name a few of his musical achievements, Ed won a Grammy Award past year and his latest album spent more than 15 weeks at the top of the charts.
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He has also used his celebrity to support several charities, including children's hospices, anti-poverty campaigns and an AIDS charity.
Initial reports stated that Andrew's daughter Princess Beatrice cut the popstar's face with a sword while attempting to perform a mock ceremony granting fellow singer-songwriter James Blunt a knighthood.
An MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) is handed out for an outstanding achievement in the community which ends up having a long-lasting impact.
Ed dedicated the MBE to his grandfather, Bill Sheeran, who passed away four years earlier.
After accepting the award, given to Ed for services to music, he spoke to reporters and said receiving the honour was especially meaningful as it was the anniversary of his grandfather's death.