Ringo Starr has received his knighthood for services to the music industry.
The former Beatles drummer, 77, was accompanied to Buckingham Palace by his wife Barbara Bach.
— The Beatles (@thebeatles) March 20, 2018
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, bestowed the honour on Starr at the investiture.
Another busy day for Sir. Ringo. peace and love peace and love pic.twitter.com/JpHd0r6r4u
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 20, 2018
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
It means a lot, actually. It means recognition for things we’ve done, musically and in life. So I was really please to accept this award.
Where does it rank compared to your other career achievements?
You mean my first number one? It’s way up there. It is, it’s way up there.
Obviously this is not the first time you’ve been to Buckingham Palace for an honour. 1965, The Beatles came for their MBEs. Compare and contrast today with that.
Well that was a long time ago, and it was four lads, straight out of Liverpool really, then. We’ve all seen a bit of the world since then, and this is another honour. So we had a lot of fun, because there were four of us, and I was a bit shaky today on my own.
Apparently in 1965 you were so nervous you all snuck off to a toilet in Buckingham Palace, had a cigarette.
I know! Who said that? I don’t know, I’m not keeping that rumour going.
You also wore your MBE on the cover of Sgt Pepper’s, famously. What are your plans?
Well, with this I’ll be wearing it at breakfast.
How much will you use the title, Sir?
I don’t know yet. It’s today, you know what I mean? It’s new and I don’t know how you use it properly, but I expect you to use it.
Sir Ringo Starr or Sir Richard Starkey?
Well on the box it says Sir Richard Starkey.
And interestingly it says Beverly Hills.
I know. Well that’s where I live now.
How much is this an award for Liverpool as well?
Well no, I think it all started in Liverpool. Last week Paul and I had dinner in LA together. We were talking about from Liverpool to here. I mean, you know, it’s mad.
And he of course got a knighthood as well in ’97. Was he giving you any advice at dinner?
He did. He said keep smiling.
Interview by Colin Paterson, BBC News
The ceremony also included awards for writers Michael Morpurgo and Jilly Cooper, and rugby players Sam Warburton and John ‘Ian’ McLauchlan.
Congratulations to our dear friend Sir Richard with all of our love and respect, Dhani & Olivia https://t.co/osmmB6ejbn
— George Harrison (@GeorgeHarrison) March 20, 2018
Sir Ringo Starr at Buckingham Palace after being knighted by the Duke of Cambridge today. William told him he was a big Beatles fan. pic.twitter.com/RnLFfEE0Bv
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) March 20, 2018
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 (@MinnieStephC4) March 20, 2018
Also on this day...
- 2018: Museum of Liverpool to host Lennon and Ono exhibition Double Fantasy
- 2012: Yellow Submarine to be reissued on DVD and Blu-ray
- 1969: John Lennon marries Yoko Ono
- 1967: Recording, mixing: She’s Leaving Home
- 1966: Paul McCartney and Jane Asher return to England from Switzerland
- 1965: Filming: Help!, Austria
- 1964: The Beatles’ second appearance on Ready, Steady, Go!
- 1964: UK single release: Can’t Buy Me Love
- 1964: Filming: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1963: Live: ABC Cinema, Romford
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Hambleton Hall, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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