Sir Paul McCartney has been made a Companion of Honour in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
He was given the award for services to music, 20 years after he was knighted by the Queen, and two days before his 75th birthday.
I’m very happy about this huge honour, and with the news coming on my birthday weekend and Father’s Day, it makes it colossal!
The new award means that Sir Paul McCartney, Kt, MBE will now also be able to include the initials CH after his name.
The Order of the Companions Honour was founded in 1917, and is awarded for service of conspicuous national importance. The other recipients in the 2017 list were Sir Terence Conran, Sir Mark Elder, Dame Beryl Grey, Lord Stern of Brentford, JK Rowling, Dame Steve Shirley, Delia Smith and Sir John Sulston.
Also on this day...
- 2014: Beatles mono vinyl box set due in September
- 2009: John Lennon’s former girlfriend May Pang visits his childhood home
- 1998: US album release: Vertical Man by Ringo Starr
- 1983: Album release: Old Wave by Ringo Starr
- 1978: US album release: Bad Boy by Ringo Starr
- 1968: Television: David Frost Presents…
- 1966: The Beatles’ only live Top Of The Pops appearance
- 1966: Recording: Here, There And Everywhere
- 1965: Radio: John Lennon on The World Of Books
- 1965: Recording: post-sync work for Help!
- 1964: Live: Festival Hall, Melbourne
- 1963: Live: Odeon Cinema, Romford
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1960: Live: The Institute, Neston, Wirral
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