Ringo Starr has finally received some recognition. According to Time magazine, Ringo, aka Richard Starkey, was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in a ceremony at London’s Buckingham Palace by Prince William for his services to music.
Ringo was also awarded a medal. When the drummer was asked what he planned to do with it, he replied, in typically humorous Ringo form, that he planned on wearing it to breakfast. He has not decided, however, whether he wants to be called Sir Ringo yet.
This recognition is long overdue. Paul McCartney was knighted back in 1997, meaning Ringo had to wait 21 years. As the Times pointed out, these two were the only ones to be honored in this way. John Lennon and George Harrison never received the honor. That feeling was not lost on Ringo who admitted to feeling “a bit shaky on my own,” according to People magazine, and to wishing his bandmates were there with him.
“It’s an honor and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love,” Ringo said. “Peace and love. Ringo.”
Edit: I incorrectly stated that Ringo Starr had been knighted instead of being made a knight commander. I apologize for the error.