Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr of The Beatles, should be now referred to as Sir Ringo. He is now officially the second member of The Liverpool Four to have been knighted. The ceremony took place on Tuesday, March 20, in the UK.
A picture of the ceremony was posted by Ringo’s representatives on Instagram with the words “Another busy day for Sir Ringo. Peace and love, peace and love”.
Another day in the life peace and love. ?✌️?????????☮️ pic.twitter.com/7rKcIYjmLw
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 20, 2018
In his interview for the BBC, Starr confessed he felt a little more nervous than in 1965 when the whole band received MBE awards. “I was a bit shaky today on my own,” he admitted.
However, Starr denied rushing into a bathroom for a cigarette with the group to calm down before the awards, as John Lennon told it. “I’m not keeping that rumour going,” he laughed. He also promised jokingly to wear his knight’s medal for every breakfast.
Sir Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s widow, sent Ringo their congratulations on his knighthood.
In his interview to Billboard last December, Mark Levisohn, the biographer for The Beatles, said that Ringo’s knighthood was a great reward for his parents, who raised him in much more humble circumstances and saved his life twice. He also hoped Sir Paul would be promoted to peerage as Lord Allerton.
Along with Ringo Starr, Barry Gibb of Bee Gees is to be knighted this year too.