21 Years After Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr Gets His Knighthood
When The Beatles were inducted into the Most Excellent Order of The British Empire and awarded the corresponding MBE medals by the Queen in 1965, not everyone was happy about it. Some previous honorees held more conservative views on rock n' roll music, and felt that the Fab Four didn't deserve the same sort of medals that were awarded to military men. Still, they accepted the medals and even wore them on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. (Although John Lennon eventually returned his, in protest of Britain's involvement in the Nigerian Civil War and their support of America in the Vietnam War.)
Fifty-three years after the induction, two of the Beatles are now Knights Commander of the Order of The British Empire.
Last Tuesday, the honor was bestowed upon drummer Ringo Starr, by none other than Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in an investiture ceremony at the Buckingham Palace. Starr, real name Richard Starkey, arose Sir Richard Starkey for his services to music.
His knighthood comes 21 years after Sir Paul McCartney's, which came in 1997. Sir Richard Starkey joins McCartney, as well as Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Elton John in the list of artists who have been knighted for their services to music.
While many feel that Starr's knighthood had been long overdue, Starr himself seems characteristically unperturbed, and just happy to accept the award. "I'll be wearing it at breakfast," he told attending reporters.