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Ringo Starr Becomes Second Beatles Member To Receive Knighthood

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When I was growing up, songs by The Beatles were an imperative part of every one of my playlists. From hits like "Hey Jude" to "Strawberry Fields Forever," the band was the epitome of rock star gods.

Despite The Beatle's inevitable breakup in 1970 (which is still rumored to be because of John Lennon's relationship with Yoko Ono), each group member was able to have a successful solo career.

While Lennon and Paul McCartney were arguably the two who received the most popularity, Ringo Starr always held a special place in my heart.

But, I'm not the only one who thinks Starr, 77, is a fantastic musician.

On March 20, Starr - whose real name is Richard Starkey - was knighted at Buckingham Palace by Prince William, temporarily taking the place of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

"It means a lot actually," the Liverpool-born artist told the BBC. "It means recognition for the things we've done. I was really pleased to accept this."

Knighted for his service in music, the honor comes 53 years after The Beatles were rewarded the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Even though some stars have turned down the prestigious award, Starr was quick to accept the honor, but did mention he felt nervous without his band mates by his side.

"I was a bit shaky today on my own," he said with his wife Barbara Bach by his side.

But, despite this momentous celebration, some Beatles fans are wondering why it took so long for Starr to achieve knighthood in comparison to former bandmate McCartney.

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