Daltrey, 60, front man for the mod band he formed in 1964, was was named a Commander of the British Empire in the queen's New Year's honors list that saluted not only his music but his charity work as patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Mirror said.
"I'm so very pleased," he said. "It's really great to be honored by my country."
The singer was behind rock classics like "My Generation," "I Can See for Miles" and "Pinball Wizard." The Who split in 1983 but have since reformed for reunion tours.
Who2 will be their first studio album in 23 years when it is released in the New Year. Daltrey and Pete Townshend are the only surviving members of the original lineup. Drummer Keith Moon died in 1978 and John Entwhistle in 2002.