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The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was knighted last March for his services to music.
Last year, Ringo Starr received a letter saying that he was nominated for the Queen’s 2018 New Year Honors list for his long-term and extensive contribution to music. In March, Starr and the other nominees were invited to the Buckingham Palace and were knighted by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. With a ceremonial sword, Prince William bestowed the honor on Starr and dubbed him Sir Richard Starkey, Starr’s real name.
The drummer joined The Beatles in 1962. Starr, together with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, rose to fame with hits like Hey Jude, Yesterday, and Come Together. Critics appreciated the group’s uniqueness and originality, and the band went on to become one of the best-selling and most popular musicians of all time.
The group split in 1970, and each member pursued a solo career. Starr carried on to release several music hits and even started a career in TV and film.
The knighting last March was not the first time Starr had an encounter with royalty nor was it his first time to receive a UK honor. In 1965, all members of The Beatles met the Queen and became Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for their noteworthy contributions to British culture.
UK honors are awards recognized not just inside the United Kingdom but also outside it. The honors aim to publicly acknowledge an individual’s merit, service, or bravery. They can also increase the public’s awareness about an individual’s cause or projects, which, in turn, can increase opportunities to expand them.