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Richard Starkey, Ringo Starr – whatever you call him, just make sure you throw ‘Sir’ in front of it. That’s right – as of this week, Ringo is now known formally as Sir Richard Starkey, MBE after he was officially knighted in Queen Elizabeth’s New Year’s honors list.
Honored for his services to music, Sir Ringo’s knighthood was a long time coming for the 77-year-old rock legend and two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; though he’s already got an MBE that was bestowed upon The Beatles in 1965, Starr’s long awaited knighthood comes 20 years after that of bandmate Paul McCartney and, due to rules preventing the deceased from obtaining knighthood, is the last Beatle to be knighted. Starr issued a statement regarding this major milestone, saying:
“It’s great! It’s an honor and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love. Ringo.”
He wasn’t the only one to weigh in on the honor; Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono took to social media with well wishes for Starr, pleased as punch to congratulate their friend on such a momentous event in his life.
Fun Fact: Britain’s Cabinet Office publishes a list of the people receiving honors for merit, service or bravery twice a year: just before New Year’s Eve, and again in June when Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is observed.
A knighthood doesn’t seem like a bad way to kick off the new year – not bad at all. Congratulations to Ringo on this tremendous honor- like Yoko and Paul have said, it’s about time and ‘Sir’ looks and sounds pretty damned good next to your name!