On this day in 1997, former Beatle Paul McCartney is granted one of the highest honors in Britain, coincidentally in the same place he once joked about smoking up in.
Paul McCartney returned to Buckingham Palace on March 11, 1997 to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his “services to music.” Paul tacked on the “Sir” title in a centuries-old ceremony of pomp and solemnity when the Queen tapped him on each shoulder with a naked sword as he knelt on the investiture stool.
The scene was reminiscent to his Beatlemania days in the 1960’s as thousands of fans and tourists swarmed outside the palace gates singing old Beatle’s tunes waiting just to get a glimpse of Paul. Paul greeted the screaming fans with a thumbs up as he pulled up in his limousine.
“Sir Paul” dedicated his knighthood to fellow Beatle’s members George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon, and to the people of the Northwestern port of Liverpool After the ceremony, Paul told reporters that he’s, “proud to be British, wonderful day and it’s a long way from a little terrace (street) in Liverpool.”
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