Britain’s Cabinet Office publishes a list of the people receiving honors for merit, service or bravery twice a year: just before New Year’s Eve, and on the Saturday in June when Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is officially observed.
The New Year’s Honors List made public late Friday revealed that Beatles drummer Ringo Starr have been tapped as knights.
These are four of the people picked to receive knighthoods in 2018: Ringo Starr , Barry Gibb, Michael Morpurgo (author) and former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
The process starts with nominations from the public, which first are reviewed by a specialist committee and then by a main honors committee. The nominations are then sent to the prime minister before the various honors are bestowed by the queen or senior royals.
“It’s great!” Ringo said of his knighthood in a brief message Friday. “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.”
The knighthood will allow Ringo, 77, to join Paul McCartney as 1960s rock royalty honored by the queen.