Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has been knighted for his services to music. The Duke of Cambridge bestowed the honour on the Liverpool-born star at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, media reports said on Tuesday (Mar 20).
The 77-year-old Ringo Starr received a knighthood from Prince William, decades after his lone surviving ex-Beatle Paul McCartney was honoured. He used his real name Richard Starkey for the big event. He said the honour "means a lot" and joked with reporters afterward: "I expect you to use my title."
It comes more than half a century after the youthful Beatles first went to Buckingham Palace to receive MBE awards.
"I had dinner with [Paul] last week and we were both actually laughing about where we came from, and we've ended up in the palace and it's now Sir Paul and Sir Richard," Sir Richard said.
Paul McCartney was knighted in 1997.