Yesterday (March 20th), Ringo Starr -- or Sir Richard Starkey -- became the second Beatle knighted. Royal honors are awarded twice yearly -- on the Queen’s official birthday and at the New Year. Ringo is the latest in a growing line of rock legends becoming Knights of the Realm, including his fellow Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Ray Davies, legendary "Fab Four" producer George Martin, and British pop legend Cliff Richard.
For the ceremony administered by Prince William, Ringo was accompanied to Buckingham Palace by his wife of 36 years, Barbara Bach, and afterwards joked with the BBC in regards to if he wants to be addressed as "Sir," saying, "I don't know yet. It's new and I don't know how you use it properly. But I expect you to use it." Ringo, who back in October 1965 received the Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire as part of the Beatles, was asked what he planned to so with the new medal, to which he said: "I'll be wearing it at breakfast."
What took so long? This should have happened years ago.