Ringo Starr receives one of the highest honors England has to offer
Few subjects of the British Empire ever receive one of the highest honors they have to offer, which is to be knighted by the royal family. However, after decades and decades former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has managed to achieve this feat.
Starr received the honor this morning from Prince William (Duke of Cambridge) at Buckingham Palace.
The Royal Family Twitter account acknowledged the momentous occasion by tweeting out a couple of pictures from the event as well as a message congratulating Starr for the award.
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
In an interview with the BBC, Starr talks about what the award means to him and what he feels it acknowledges, saying:
“It means a lot actually. It means recognition for the things we’ve done. I was really pleased to accept this.”
When asked whether he wanted to be referred to as Sir Ringo in the same interview, the drummer and singer (whose real name is Richard Starkey), responded:
“I don’t know yet. It’s new and I don’t know how you use it properly.”
Starr was also asked what he would be doing with his medal, to which he amusingly joked around saying:
“I’ll be wearing it at breakfast.”
Starr is the second Beatle to receive this honor, after bassist and vocalist Paul McCartney was knighted back in 1997.
The Beatles have all been to Buckingham Palace to receive royal honors long before even McCartney’s knighting ceremony, however.
All four Beatles were brought to meet Queen Elizabeth II back in 1965 where she bestowed upon them the award of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) medals.
In response, many previous recipients returned their medals in disgust due to rock n’ roll still being looked heavily down upon at the time.
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