The drummer will receive a knighthood after gaining an MBE with The Beatles in 1965
Starr was made an MBE (Member of the British Empire) as part of The Beatles back in 1965 but it was announced on December 29 that he will now be awarded a knighthood. Paul McCartney was awarded a knighthood in 1997.
Writing on Twitter, Ono said:
Dear Sir Ringo
I am very happy that you have received this honour from the Queen. It’s about time! Huge congratulations! I am delighted for you and your family. It is an honour for everyone in The Beatles family and I love you very much.
You can see the tweet below.
McCartney also congratulated his former bandmate, sharing an image of the pair of them on Instagram and captioning it: “Huge congrats Sir Ringo! Sir Richard Starkey has a nice ring to it. Best drummer best pal! X Paul” See the picture below.
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.”