Sir Paul McCartney is made a Companion of Honour for services to music

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!
Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney with his Hofner bass guitar

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.

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