The Beatles legend Ringo Starr followed in the footsteps of former bandmate Sir Paul McCartney by receiving a Knighthood at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday morning.
Accompanied by wife Barbara Bach, the iconic drummer, 77, offered his trademark peace-sign as he showed off his medal following a short ceremony conducted by the Duke of Cambridge.
Speaking afterwards, Starr admitted he was delighted to finally accept a Knighthood for his services to music.
Richly deserved: The Beatles legend Ringo Starr followed in the footsteps of former bandmate Sir Paul McCartney by receiving a Knighthood at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday morning
Take a bow: Starr, real name Richard Starkey, knelt before Prince William, who conducted the ceremony
He said: ‘It means a lot actually. It means recognition for the things we’ve done. I was really pleased to accept this. I’ll be wearing it at breakfast.’
The drummer joined a string of musicians, TV personalities and political figures, among them Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb, presenter Eamon Holmes, author Jilly Cooper and former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg in receiving a title.
Starr, real name Richard Starkey, has been honoured after a career spanning more than half a century, during which he helped revolutionize pop and rock music with former Beatles bandmates McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison.
Proud: The legendary drummer later posed with his medal outside the Palace
Finally: Starr is now officially a Sir after being named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list
Born on July 7 1940 in Liverpool, Starr would show a keen interest in music after being captivated by the American influenced skiffle craze sweeping across the United Kingdom.
Initially recruited by Al Caldwell’s Texan’s – later to become Rory Storm and the Hurricanes – as they looked to make the transition from skiffle to mainstream rock n’roll, Starr soon developed a reputation as one of the burgeoning Liverpool music scene’s most sought after percussionists.
But after an approach by Lennon in 1962 he was the source of controversy after quitting the Hurricanes and joining The Beatles.
Then on the cusp of stardom after signing their first record deal with Parlophone, the band recruited Starr as they prepared to sack original drummer Pete Best – an unpopular move that prompted outrage from local fans.
In good company: Accompanied by wife Barbara Bach, the iconic drummer offered his trademark peace-sign
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Here’s mine: McCartney received his Knighthood at Buckingham palace in 1997
Main man: The musician has been honoured for his services to music after career spanning more than half a century
Well done Ringo! The star was later congratulated by Sir Paul’s daughter Mary McCartney in a FaceTime message
But the move would be a life-changing moment, with Starr propelled to international fame and considerable fortune as the band achieved unprecedented success with groundbreaking albums including Rubber Soul, Revolver and the iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.
While his vocal range was notably limited, Lennon and McCartney – the band’s principal songwriters – were known to reserve one song per album for the drummer, among them Yellow Submarine and With A Little Help From My Friends.
The band split following the delayed release of Let It Be in 1970, with Starr promptly embarking on a solo career with the release of debut album Sentimental Journey that same year.
Honour: Starr joined a string of musicians, TV personalities and political figures, amongst them Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb, presenter Eamon Holmes and former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg in accepting the honour
Previously: It comes 53-years after The Beatles were awarded the MBE for services to music (pictured L-R: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr)
Success: Starr was propelled to international fame and considerable fortune as the The Beatles achieved unprecedented success with groundbreaking albums including Rubber Soul, Revolver and the iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band
To date he has released nineteen studio albums to mixed critical and commercial fortune. His most recent, Give More Love, was released in 2017.
Away from music he has appeared in numerous films after cutting his teeth on Beatles musical dramas A Hard Day’s Night and Help!
Fans of a certain age will also remember his storytelling work with hugely popular children’s television show Thomas The Tank Engine.
Centre stage: To date he has released nineteen solo albums to mixed critical and commercial fortune. His most recent, Give More Love, was released in 2017
Old times: Fans of a certain age will also remember his storytelling work with hugely popular children’s television show Thomas The Tank Engine
Starr worked on the show from its launch in 1984 to 1991, when he was replaced by American comedian George Carlin.
The musician’s Knighthood follows his induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2015. He was the last Beatle to win the accolade.
Posting a short message on social media shortly after being named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour’s list, he commented: ‘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.’
Paul LATER took to Twitter late last year to congratulate Ringo following the news he would be knighted.
He tweeted: ‘Huge congrats Sir Ringo! Sir Richard Starkey has a nice ring to it. Best drummer best pal! X Paul (sic)’
All mine: Author Jilly Cooper also received a Knighthood on Tuesday morning
Special moment: Author Sir Michael Morpurgo was made a Knight Bachelor of the British Empire
A day to remember: Morpurgo showed off his medal outside the Palace after accepting the honour from Prince William
Originally Published on dailymail