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Drumroll please: It’s Sir Ringo as ex-Beatle knighted

The Associated Press

London – Call him Sir Ringo now, or Sir Richard to be more precise. Either way, it’s a fitting honor for the former Beatles drummer, who has waited decades for the recognition.

Former Beatle Ringo Starr, is made a knight by Britain's Prince William at Buckingham Palace during an Investiture ceremony in London Tuesday March 20, 2018.

The 77-year-old Ringo Starr received his long-awaited knighthood from Prince William Tuesday. He used his real name Richard Starkey for the big event.

He said the honor “means a lot”. It comes more than half a century after the youthful Beatles first went to Buckingham Palace to receive MBE awards.

Musician Ringo Starr arrives with his wife Barbara Bach to receive his knighthood, at Buckingham Palace, in London, Tuesday March 20, 2018.

The other surviving Beatle, Paul McCartney, was knighted in 1997.

“I had dinner with him last week and we were both actually laughing about where we came from, and we’ve ended up in the palace and it’s now Sir Paul and Sir Richard,” said Starr.

Musician Ringo Starr, poses for photographers after being awarded a knighthood, during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, in London, Tuesday March 20, 2018.