Queen Elizabeth knights Ringo Starr, Barry Gibb

Monday, 01 Jan, 2018

Ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has been knighted in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's honors list, along with Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb and author Michael Morpurgo, while ballet dancer Darcey Bussell becomes a dame.

And Sir Ringo Starr looked understandably delighted as he arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday.

In the response to his impending individual knighthood, Starr told the BBC, "It's great!"

News of Starr's honour comes 20 years after McCartney was knighted back in 1997.

Starr was one of four Britons tapped for knighthood in the British New Year's Honours List, which was made public on Saturday.

"This is a moment in life to be treasured and never forgotten", Gibb, who was previously made a commander of the Order of the British Empire, said.

Ringo was once jokingly described as "not even the best drummer in the Beatles".

Starr - whose real name is Richard Starkey - would have been knighted years ago if Sir Paul had had his way. McCartney posted. "Sir Richard Starkey has a nice ring to it".

The two are the only surviving Beatles. "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. Ringo'.

He was recognised for services to music and charity.

'I want to acknowledge how responsible my brothers are for this honour.

He achieved success with his 1973 album Ringo, which peaked at number seven in the United Kingdom and number two in the U.S., although he is the only Beatle to have failed to top the United Kingdom singles chart as a solo artist.

Earlier this year Skepta, who is also a close friend of Wiley, suprisied fans when he claimed to have turned down an MBE in this year's honours.

Bussell, 48, is a former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet and now one of the four judges in the long-running BBC TV ballroom contest "Strictly Come Dancing".