During a ceremony on the 20th of March, Prince William knighted Ringo Starr at the Buckingham Palace for his contributions to music since the 1950’s. The 77-year-old said it “means a lot actually,” and he was “pleased” to accept the award.
Ringo isn’t the only Beatle to be knighted, as Sir Paul McCartney also accepted his knightship over 20 years ago. Ringo said to the BBC that it “means recognition for the things we’ve done musically and in life.”
Like his former bandmate, Paul, he can now use the title, Sir, at the beginning of his name. Starr’s wife, Barbara Bach, accompanied the legendary drummer while he received the honor.
Back in 1965, Queen Elizabeth II gave The Beatles as a whole the honor of the Members Of the Order Of The British Empire. Despite already receiving the award in some sense, Ringo said he was nervous up there all on his own.
As it was noted at the beginning of the article, McCartney received the honor back in 1997. McCartney supposedly gave him words of advice before accepting it; he told him, “keep smiling.”
As for the public’s reception, the legendary lyricist, Sir Tim Rice, said it was one of the most “overdue” knighthoods in recent memory, possibly of all time.
Starr joked that he would be celebrating by taking his medal to breakfast every morning. It’s an honor to be knighted, no doubt, however, Elton John said in the past that to be knighted didn’t mean a thing.
In fact, he put it in less eloquent terms, “it means f*ck all.” Sir Elton John said people care in the United States about being knighted, but “nothing is sacred in England,” people don’t care at all.