Arise Sir Ringo: Beatles drummer given knighthood

Take a bow Starr real name Richard Starkey knelt before Prince William who conducted the ceremony

That's Sir Ringo to you (and everybody else).

The award, which honours his services to music, comes 53 years after The Beatles were awarded the MBE, and Starr expressed his gratitude to finally follow in McCartney's footsteps with his second award. The Duke, who you may recognize as Prince William, did the whole sword-on-the-shoulder maneuver and everything.

William was standing in for his 91-year-old grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who usually confers these honours and titles at special ceremonies at the Buckingham Palace. Check out photos from today's knighting below.

He turned to a reporter and joked, "But I expect you to use it".

He said: "I was a bit shaky today on my own".

Starr wasn't sure about being called Sir Ringo: "I don't know yet".

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Other rock stars to receive the honor include Rod Stewart, Elton John, Mick Jagger and, yes, Starr's fellow Beatle - Paul McCartney.

Paul took to Twitter late past year to congratulate Ringo - whose real name is Richard Starkey - following the news he would be knighted. He also cleverly quipped when asked about his medal, "I'll be wearing it at breakfast".

In 1965, he was also recognised with a Member of the Order of the British Empire award.

Starr said the pair had met for dinner last week in Los Angeles, and Sir Paul had offered him some advice for the ceremony: "Keep smiling".

The Beatles' Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

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