Paul McCartney congratulates ‘best pal’ Ringo Starr on knighthood

Sir Paul was knighted in 1997

Paul McCartney has congratulated his ‘best pal’ Ringo Starr following news that the former Beatles drummer is due to be knighted in 2018.

Starr is among the likes of  Bee Gee Barry Gibb, grime artist Wiley, Strictly Come Dancing’s Darcey Bussell and broadcaster Eamon Holmes – who have all been recognised in the 2018 New Years Honours. Starr was honoured for his “services to music”.

Taking to Twitter, former bandmate Paul McCartney has now offered his congratulations to Starr.

“Huge congrats Sir Ringo!” McCartney posted. “Sir Richard Starkey has a nice ring to it. Best drummer, best pal! X Paul.” 

News of Starr’s honour comes 20 years after McCartney was knighted back in 1997. 

Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn added in an email statement (via Consequence of Sound): “I’m delighted for Ringo that he’s received this honour. More than half a century on, what the Beatles did continues to be magnificent, so it feels right that Ringo has joined Paul in having this significant award in his homeland.”

Meanwhile, Starr recently attracted controversy for his comments in support of Brexit. “The people voted and, you know, they have to get on with it,” he said.

“Suddenly, it’s like, ‘Oh, well, we don’t like that vote. What do you mean you don’t like that vote? You had the vote, this is what won, let’s get on with it.”

He quipped, “but don’t tell Bob Geldof” and added: “I think it’s a great move. I think, you know, to be in control of your country is a good move.”