From now on, you may call him Sir Ringo! Or Sir Richard, to be more precise. After waiting decades for the recognition, the former Beatles drummer has finally received the much-deserved honor.
The 77-year-old musician received his long-awaited knighthood from Prince William in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday morning. Ringo Starr decided to use his real name, Richard Starkey, for the big event.
“It means a lot actually,” Sir Richard told the BBC. “It means recognition for the things we’ve done. I was really pleased to accept this.” Ringo went on to say that he was “shocked” when he learned the news. “I was sitting in L.A. and the letter came and I was so surprised. I just never thought of it. I just got on with my life and here we are.”
Ringo and his youthful fellow Beatles made a similar trip to Buckingham Palace on October 26, 1965. The British Royal, who had noticed this iconic rock band’s achievements, conferred them with an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).
Starkey’s appointment comes 21 years after his bandmate and friend, Paul McCartney, was knighted in 1997. “I had dinner with him last week,” Ringo told the cameras. “We were both actually laughing about where we came from, and we’ve ended up in the palace and it’s now Sir Paul and Sir Richard.”
As for his medal, Ringo has big plans for the decorations that accompanies the honor. “I’ll be wearing it at breakfast,” he joked.