Sir Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono have extended congratulations to Beatles drummer Ringo Starr for his knighthood. 

“Huge congrats, Sir Ringo! Sir Richard Starkey has a nice ring to it," McCartney wrote on Instagram. "Best drummer, best pal! X Paul.” 

Meanwhile, John Lennon's widow Ono added that the honor was a long time coming for Starr. 

"Huge congratulations!" she wrote via Twitter. "I am delighted for you and your family. It is an honour for everyone in The Beatles family and I love you very much.

For his part, the drummer was thrilled at the distinction. 

"It's great," Starr said. "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."

Starr was honored for "services to music." 

McCartney was knighted for the same reason in 1997. 


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