From Beatle To Knight: Ringo Starr Gets Knighted!
It's now Sir Ringo Starr, thank you very much!
The former Beatles drummer and overall legendary musician was bestowed his knighthood by William, Duke of Cambridge, in an Investiture ceremony held at none other than The Palace last Tuesday.
In an interview with the BBC, the rock star admitted that the honor had meant a lot to him, further saying, "It means recognition for the things we've done. I was really pleased to accept this." His knighthood was given to him on the basis of his services to music, or to his loyal fans, for forever changing Britain's musical landscape by laying the foundation for future pop-rock bands from all over the world to stand on.
Another day in the life peace and love. ???????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/7rKcIYjmLw— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 20, 2018
The 77-year-old Richard Starkey (yes, Ringo Starr is just a stage name) follows his Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney who was knighted 21 years ago in March 1997—both Beatles have been honored by royalty in a separate occasion in the past.
The ceremony brought back memories from October 1965, when all four Beatles were invited by the Queen and awarded the title of MBE, or Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, which also recognizes contributions to the arts. Funnily, previous honorees then returned their medals to the Palace in apparent disapproval of how a bunch of rebellious and irreverent young men could be given such a distinction reserved for only society's most refined at the time.
Congratulations Sir Ringo Starr!— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 20, 2018
Today at Buckingham Palace, the Beatles drummer was honoured by The Duke of Cambridge for his services to music. pic.twitter.com/bdSe2lrRwn
Today, it's a completely different story. Ringo's British fans, as well as those from all corners of the globe, couldn't be more happy for him. The Palace announced that Ringo would be knighted last December.
In Tuesday's ceremony, Ringo stood alongside Jilly Cooper and Michael Morpurgo, former Scottish rugby player Ian McLauchlan, Welsh rugby player Sam Warburton, and foster carer Anne Shaw, who were all also knighted.
Asked what he would do with his medal, Ringo simply replied, "I'll be wearing it at breakfast," after which he flashed his signature peace sign for all to see.
Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney are the only two Beatles to be knighted. Their fellow musicians who have all been knighted include Elton John, Mick Jagger, U2's Bono, and Rod Stewart.