Yoko Ono has responded to the news that Ringo Starr will be receiving a knighthood with a warming message of congratulations.

Yesterday Far Out reported the news that Starr – whose real name is Richard Starkey – will be honoured by the Queen as part of the New Years Honours list.

The Beatles drummer adds to his MBE received by all four members of the band in 1965. The accolade comes 20 years after his bandmate Paul McCartney was knighted.

Starr, now based in Los Angeles, said: “It’s great! It’s an honour and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love.”

Now, Yoko Ono has expressed her warmest of congratulations in a message posted on social media, it read:

“Dear Sir Ringo,

“I am very happy that you have received this honour from the Queen. It’s about time! Huge congratulations! I am delighted for you and your family. It is an honour for everyone in The Beatles family and I love you very much.”