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29th December, 2017

Sir Ringo Starr: Beatle receives knighthood

The Beatles’ drummer, Ringo Starr has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list for his contribution to music and charity.

Starr, now officially Sir Richard Starkey MBE, joins his already knighted bandmate Sir Paul McCartney who was awarded with his back in 1997.

All four members of The Beatles were awarded with an MBE in 1965, but it is thought that Ringo had given up hope of a further honour until now.



Martin King, Manager at The Beatles Story said: “We are delighted to see Ringo Starr knighted as part of the Queen’s New Year’s honours list, for his services to both music and charity. Twenty years after Paul received his knighthood it has been a long time coming for the Beatles’ drummer.

“Still a very active performer in his own right, we continue to tell his story here in Liverpool. Visitors to the attraction are able to view the drum kit he played during the Concert for George, his drum sticks and tambourine. We also have a pair of Sir Ringo's special All-Starr sneakers going onto display in 2018.”


Starr’s charity work includes donations to causes supporting AIDs awareness, abused children, human rights, poverty around the world and the creative arts.

Beatles author David Bedford, who has recently written a book about the drummers of The Beatles, added: “Ringo is a hard day's Knight at last, although many people have questioned why he has got it. It's not just for being a Beatle or he would have got it years ago.



“Having studied his drumming for my new book, Finding the Fourth Beatle, I now truly appreciate what he contributed to The Beatles and their sound.

“However, since Ringo established the Lotus Foundation he has raised millions for the charity, which more than justifies the recognition. And who better to be recognised than someone who has dedicated his life to promoting Peace and Love around the world”.

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