It’s official! Ringo Starr has been honored with a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II as part of the 2018 edition of the U.K. monarch’s annual New Year’s Honours list. In addition, The Bee Gees‘ Barry Gibb also has been elevated to a knight by the Queen.
The ex-Beatles drummer, born Richard Starkey, is being recognized for “services to music,” and is the second Fab Four member to be made a knight, following Paul McCartney, who received the honor in 1997.
“It’s great!” says Starr in a statement published by BBC News. “It’s an honor and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love.”
Gibb, meanwhile, is similarly being acknowledged for “services to music and charity.” The singer, songwriter and producer tells BBC News that he shares the honor with his late brothers and Bee Gees band mates, Robin and Maurice.
“It is as much theirs as it is mine” says Barry. “The magic, the glow, and the rush will last me the rest of my life.”
Among the other musicians who have been recognized by the Queen in her 2018 New Year’s Honours list is Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond who was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, “for services to arts and culture.”
Other British music stars who have been knighted over the years include Elton John, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart and Ray Davies.
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