Ringo Starr, former Beatles drummer, knighted at Buckingham Palace

Here's mine Mc Cartney received his Knighthood at Buckingham palace in 1997

Here's mine Mc Cartney received his Knighthood at Buckingham palace in 1997

The Beatles' Ringo Starr says he wished his band mates were there when he received a knighthood at Buckingham Palace.

The erstwhile Richard Starkey was "honoured by The Duke of Cambridge for his services to music", according to a tweet from the Royal Family.

"It means a lot actually", he told the reporter. "Musically and in life and I was really pleased to accept this".

Ringo's knighthood comes 21 years after that of his friend and fellow Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney.

When a man becomes knighted, he takes on the title of "Sir", while a woman adopts the "Dame" title.

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He said: "I was a bit shaky today on my own".

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"Who said that?" laughed the drummer after Tuesday's ceremony.

"I'm not keeping that rumour going".

Paul took to Twitter late past year to congratulate Ringo - whose real name is Richard Starkey - following the news he would be knighted.

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Of course, many have felt that an honour such as this is long overdue for Starr, noting that his knighthood has come quite a long time after bandmate Paul McCartney's knighting back in 1997.

He turned to a reporter and joked, "But I expect you to use it".

Meanwhile, asked if he wants to be called "Sir Ringo Starr" now, the drummer joked: "I don't know yet". He also said he knew what he'd be doing with the medal: "I'll be wearing it at breakfast".

"Last week, Paul and I had dinner in LA together and we were talking about Liverpool to here".

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