Former Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr Has Been Knighted
In 1997, Sir Paul McCartney became the first member of The Beatles with a knighthood. The rock star was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his “services to music.”
McCartney has remained the most prominent member of The Beatles since the band split in 1970.
He is credited as having helped establish the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. In addition, he continues to make considerable contributions to charity within and outside the UK.
Ringo Starr just got knighted
The Beatles former drummer, Ringo Starr, has also been honored with a knighthood. This comes 21 years after McCartney received his knighthood.
Starr, now 77, was knighted by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday morning. He was accompanied by his wife, Barbara Bach.
Congratulations Sir Ringo Starr!
Today at Buckingham Palace, the Beatles drummer was honoured by The Duke of Cambridge for his services to music. pic.twitter.com/bdSe2lrRwn
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 20, 2018
This is not the first time that Starr has been honored by the Crown. In October 1965, Ringo alongside band members John Lennon, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney received MBE (Member of the British Empire) medals.
Starr joined other notable figures. The list includes Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb, former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, and presenter Eamonn Holmes.
Starr speaks about the award
Speaking with the press later, Starr was asked if he would be using his new title. His reply, "I don't know yet. It's new and I don't know how you use it properly."
Arise Sir Richard Starkey, after being knighted #RingoStarr tells me, “It would have been great if we were all here, I miss John & I miss George to this day” @ringostarrmusic #Beatles @5_News pic.twitter.com/Y6tLU0vY0g
— Minnie Stephenson (@MinnieSteph5) March 20, 2018
As for what he intended to do with the medal, Starr joked, "I'll be wearing it at breakfast."