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Ringo Starr

BEATLES legend Ringo Starr will be knighted in the New Year’s Honours. The drummer, 77, is recognised for services to music and charity.

Ringo, given an MBE in 1965, is said to be “made up”. A pal added: “It’s richly deserved, if a little overdue.”

He will return to Buckingham Palace for a knighthood — 52 years after getting his MBE.

Bandmate Sir Paul McCartney urged the Queen: “Look, love it’s about time.”

Macca was knighted in 1997 but Ringo, 77, had given up all hope before a letter arrived from the Palace a few weeks ago.
His gong, for lifetime services to music and charity, in the New Year’s Honours will be formally announced next week.

A close family friend said: “It came as a bolt from the blue.
“Ringo was totally knocked sideways but is chuffed to bits.”