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The Beatles legend Ringo Starr finally gets his knighthood at Buckingham Palace

The Beatles legend Ringo Starr finally gets his knighthood at Buckingham Palace

The Beatles legend Ringo Starr finally gets his knighthood at Buckingham Palace
March 20
10:44 2018

 Sir Richard Starkey, also known as Ringo Starr, after he was awarded a Knighthood during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, LondonDescribed as the “most overdue knighthood of all time” by musical writer Sir Tim Rice, the honour was presented by the Duke of Cambridge.

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Sir Richard Starkey, also known as Ringo Starr, after he was awarded a Knighthood during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London

Starr, 77, previously said: “It’s great! It’s an honour and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love. Ringo.”

Ringo was given an MBE in 1965 along with his bandmates.

Sir Paul McCartney was knighted in 1997 but Ringo was said to have given up all hope before a letter arrived from the Palace last year.

A close family friend of Ringo said at the time: “It came as a bolt from the blue.

 Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison of The Beatles holding their MBEs in 1965

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Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison of The Beatles holding their MBEs in 1965

“Ringo was totally knocked sideways but is chuffed to bits.”

George Harrison and John Lennon never received knighthoods, and will now not do so as recipients have to be alive to accept the honour according to current rules.

The star, real name Richard Starkey, got his first drum kit as a Christmas present aged 17.

Within five years he was part of the biggest band in the world.

Ringo, who is said to be worth £300million, was born and raised in a two-up, two-down terraced house in Madryn Street, Liverpool, to a docker dad and bakery worker mum.

 Ringo performs with The Beatles during a US tour in 1964

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Ringo performs with The Beatles during a US tour in 1964

His parents divorced when he was three and his childhood was dogged by illness.

He missed so much schooling that by 15, he could barely read or write. But he had an aptitude for woodwork, mechanics and music.

Ringo took early jobs as a delivery boy, a trainee joiner and a barman on the Mersey ferries.

His dream came true when his stepfather bought him a drum kit for Christmas 1957, and he promised to be “the best drummer ever”.

 Ringo is seen during an iconic performance with his fellow Beatles on a London rooftop near the end of his career with the legendary band

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Ringo is seen during an iconic performance with his fellow Beatles on a London rooftop near the end of his career with the legendary band

By the time the Beatles were formed, Ringo was already on the tour circuit with the successful band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.

The Fab Four’s manager Brian Epstein poached him to replace Pete Best as drummer in 1962 and it completed the magic formula that catapulted the group to international fame.

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