Ringo Starr is to be knighted in the Queen's 2018 New Year's honours list, it has been announced.
It’s great! It’s an honour and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love. Ringo
Huge congrats Sir Ringo! Sir Richard Starkey has a nice ring to it. Best drummer best pal! X Paul pic.twitter.com/ew5PuxhEv1
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) December 30, 2017
Starr has never been particularly politically outspoken, but in September 2017 told the BBC's Newsnight that he would have voted in favour of Britain leaving the European Union. It is not known whether this influenced the pro-Brexit Conservative government's decision to award him the knighthood.
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) September 13, 2017
Starr's acceptance of the knighthood suggests a change of heart since 2003, when he recorded the song Elizabeth Reigns for his album Ringo Rama. The song's lyrics suggested opposition towards the monarchy, and even ends with the spoken aside: "Well, there goes me knighthood."
A letter unsent
Entombed in cement
And hung from the hanging tree
God save the Queen
If you know what I mean
We don't really need a king
Six hundred servants
Use her detergent
Scrubbing the palace floor
And all of your sins are
As big as the Windsors
So lets point our fingers
Elsie and Harry would be tickled beyond belief to know that their boy – who was raised in such humble circumstances, and twice defied death in his childhood – is now Sir Richard Starkey. That’s an extraordinary accomplishment and this is great news. Congratulations, Sir Ringo.
— Mark Lewisohn (@marklewisohn) December 29, 2017
Also on this day...
- 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono fly to Aalborg, Denmark
- 1966: Recording, mixing, editing: When I’m Sixty-Four, Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane
- 1964: Live: Another Beatles Christmas Show
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
Want more? Visit the Beatles history section.