Arise Sir Ringo: Beatles drummer gets knighthood at last

Success Starr was propelled to international fame and considerable fortune as the The Beatles achieved unprecedented success with groundbreaking albums including Rubber Soul Revolver and the iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band

Ringo Starr receives 'most overdue Knighthood of all time' 21 years after Sir Paul McCartney

When asked if he'd like to be called "Sir Ringo" going forward, the drummer said, "I don't know yet".

Former Beatle Ringo Starr, is made a knight by Britain's Prince William at Buckingham Palace during an Investiture ceremony in London Tuesday March 20, 2018.

McCartney was knighted in 1997, but Starr was said to "have given up all hope" of his own knighthood until he received a letter from the Palace a year ago, says The Sun.

The honour comes 53 years after the Beatles members were awarded the Member of the British Empire and 21 years after Paul McCartney's knighthood.

Rock and roll was still viewed with suspicion by the establishment and several previous honourees returned their medals in disgust.

Joking aside, Starr, who attended the ceremony with his wife Barbara Bach, admitted he felt a little lost without his bandmates at Buckingham Palace. He used his real name Richard Starkey for the big event. "It's new and I don't know how you use this (title) properly". Then, he told one BBC reporter, "But I expect you to use it". However, he said Sir Paul gave him some advice last week: "Keep smiling". There was even some levity, with the drummer declaring, "I'll be wearing it at breakfast!" after receiving his medal.

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