Ringo Starr was made a knight by Prince William at Buckingham Palace during an Investiture ceremony in London on Tuesday.
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The famous Beatles rocker Ringo Starr was knighted by Prince William on Tuesday for his services to music, the BBC reported.
The 77-year-old drummer received the honor during the event at Buckingham Palace.
“It means a lot actually,” Starr told the outlet. “It means recognition for the things that we have done. I was really happy to accept this.”
The Royal Family congratulated the musician on the social media.
Congratulations To Mr. Ringo Starr!
Today at Buckingham Palace, the Beatles drummer was honored by The Duke of Cambridge for his services to music. pic.twitter.com/bdSe2lrRwn
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) 20 March 2018
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Starr’s knighthood was bestowed more than a half-century after The Beatles first went to Buckingham Palace to receive MBE awards.
Starr, whose real name is Richard Starkey, joins former band member Paul McCartney in the knighthood. McCartney was knighted in March 1997.
He and Starr are the lone surviving members of the famous band.
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“I Had dinner with him last week and we were both actually laughing about where we came from, and we have ended up in the palace, and is now Sir Paul and Sir Richard,” Starr told The Associated Press.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.