Paul McCartney Receives Companion of Honour at Palace

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Some 20 years after he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, Paul McCartney returned to Buckingham Palace today (May 4) where he was again honored by Her Royal Majesty. On this occasion, McCartney was made a Companion of Honour, for services to music.

The Companion of Honour is a special award granted to those who have made a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time. The members, of which there are a maximum of 65 at any one time, currently include actress Dame Maggie Smith, author J.K. Rowling, and actor Sir Ian McKellen.

McCartney, 75, was joined at the ceremony by his wife, Nancy Shevell. Afterwards, he said: “It’s a wonderful honour. I’m very, very proud. I love the Queen and I’m very proud to be British on a day like this.”

In a written statement, McCartney said: “I see this as a huge honour for me and my family and I think of how proud my Liverpool mum and dad would have been to see this.”

McCartney was knighted in 1997. His Beatles bandmate, Ringo Starr, was knighted this year.

Watch a brief interview following the ceremony

Related: McCartney recently announced his first 2018 concert performance

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