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Ringo Starr Becomes Sir Richard Starkey

by VVN Music

The Beatles' Ringo Starr has been knighted on Tuesday in a ceremony.

Starr received word of his impending honor at the end of last year as part of the Queen's New Year's Honors.  The artist told the BBC "It means a lot actually. It means recognition for the things we've done. I was really pleased to accept this."

Ringo also looked back to 1965 when the Beatles, as a group, received an MBE.  "I was a bit shaky today on my own."

Paul McCartney was also knighted back in 2004. At this point in time, there is no chance of either John Lennon or George Harrison ever being so-honored as current rules say that recipients must be alive.  John Lennon was never eligible as pop stars were not considered before 1995. Harrison also did not receive the honor during his lifetime even though he was eligible until his death in 2001.

The BBC reports that Ringo had dinner with Paul McCartney prior to the ceremony so that his bandmate could give him the lowdown on what to expect. "He said keep smiling."

Prince William did the honors and, afterward, was asked about his new "Sir" title.  "It's new, and I don't know how you use it properly" before turning to a BBC reporter and saying "but I expect YOU to use it."

Starr's wife, Barbara Bach, joined him at the ceremony.

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