Ringo Starr will reportedly be made a knight in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honours list.
The former The Beatles star is expected to be honored for his contributions to music and charity, and if the reports are true, it will be Starr’s first time back to London’s Buckingham Palace since he became a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1965.
“He’ll feel 10 feet tall when he goes back,” a source tells The Sun newspaper. “Sadly, two of the Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison, are no longer here to be honored in a similar way. But giving Ringo a knighthood will go some way towards recognizing the enormous contribution The Beatles made to popular music. He is a beacon of Beatlemania.”
The formal announcement is set to be made on New Year’s Eve (01Jan18).
“It came as a bolt from the blue,” a family friend told the publication. “Ringo was totally knocked sideways but is chuffed to bits (very proud).”
Ringo’s old bandmate, Sir Paul McCartney, was appointed a knight back in 1997.