Former drummer for The Beatles, Ringo Starr, has today received the commonwealth’s highest honour for his role in bringing to life a fictional universe where locomotives have the same emotions and verbal skills as humans.

The 77-year-old Ringo Starr received a knighthood from Prince William, decades after his lone surviving ex-Beatle Paul McCartney was honoured.

He used his real name Richard Starkey for the big event, as Prince William thanked him for being such a big part of his childhood with his dulcet tones.

He said the honour “means a lot” and joked with reporters afterward: “I expect you to use my title.”

While the band always joked that Ringo Starr wasn’t the best drummer in the world – even going as far as saying that he wasn’t even the best drummer in The Beatles. Today, his role as not the best drummer in the world was on show for all

This is why he was today knighted for his life work politely narrating the British children’s program, Thomas the Tank Engine.

It comes more than half a century after the youthful Beatles first went to Buckingham Palace to receive MBE awards.

Paul McCartney was knighted in 1997.


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