Ringo is set to be knighted in the New Year’s Honours. Ringo, 77, will be recognised for services to music and charity.
The Liverpudlian is said to be ‘made up,’ a friend told The Sun- last week -, who added that it is ‘richly deserved, if a little overdue.’
His award, for lifetime services to music and charity, in the New Year’s Honours will be formally announced next week.
A close family friend added: ‘It came as a bolt from the blue. Ringo was totally knocked sideways but is chuffed to bits.’
Ringo’s last visit to the Palace was in 1965 when all the Fab Four were awarded the MBE. Despite being only the second of the Fab Four to receive the honour, John returned his MBE to the Queen, while Paul accepted his in 2004 and George awarded an MBE in 1965.
A source said: ‘Sadly, two of the Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison, are no longer here to be honoured in a similar way. ‘But giving Ringo a knighthood will go some way towards recognising the enormous contribution The Beatles made to popular music.’