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Ringo Starr to be knighted at 2018 New Year Honours

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is to receive a knighthood by the Queen as part of the 2018 New Year Honours list.

Starr, who will become a sir under his real name of Richard Starkey, adds to his MBE received by all four Beatles in 1965. The accolade comes 20 years after his bandmate Paul McCartney was knighted.

Starr, now based in Los Angeles, 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.”

Meanwhile, McCartney congratulated his former band-mate on Twitter: “Sir Richard Starkey has a nice ring to it,” he wrote. “Best drummer best pal! X Paul”