|You may now refer to him as "Sir Ringo Starr", as Ringo was awarded his knighthood, along with Bee Gees founder Barry Gibb.
Sir Ringo´s honour for services to music - given under his real name, Richard Starkey - was leaked before the announcement. It comes 20 years after his bandmate Paul McCartney was knighted and adds to the 1965 MBE received by all four Beatles.
The now Los Angeles-based musician said: "It´s great! 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." The Cavern Club in his hometown of Liverpool, where the Fab Four started life as rock and roll band, described the knighthood as "long overdue".
Sir Paul McCartney tweeted out congratulations to Ringo, saying: Huge congrats Sir Ringo! Sir Richard Starkey has a nice ring to it. Best drummer best pal! X Paul.
Ringo has been outspoken in his dislike for The British Monarchy. He sang about it in 2003 in a song called "Elizabeth Reigns" which appeared on his Ringo Rama CD.
Also awarded a knighthood was Bee Gee Barry Gibb, who said he felt "humbled and very proud" about his knighthood for services to music and charity.
Made a CBE in 2002 alongside his late brothers and bandmates, Maurice and Robin, Sir Barry said: "It is as much theirs as it is mine. The magic, the glow, and the rush will last me the rest of my life."
The Bee Gees grew up in Manchester, later moved to Australia, then back to England. They idolized The Beatles, even recording a song or two of the bands. The Bee Gees enjoyed phenomenal chart success in the 1960s with hits like "New York Mining Disaster 1941", "I Started a Joke", "To Love Somebody", "Words", Massachusetts" and others, then went on to record the best-selling Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1977 and starring in the Sgt Pepper´s Lonely Hearts Club Band film in 1978.
photo courtesy of Paul´s Instagram account