Paul McCartney Receives Companion of Honour Badge at Buckingham Palace

The Beatle star is named a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour alongside ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling.

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Sir Paul McCartney received his Companion of Honour badge at London’s Buckingham Palace on Friday, May 4. The Beatles star was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in recognition of his services to music on Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honours List in June 2017, alongside “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, designer Sir Terence Conran and beloved British TV cook Delia Smith.

He headed to Buckingham Palace with wife Nancy Shevell to finally receive the red ribbon and badge that comes with the honor from the British monarch in an investiture ceremony on Friday.

“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,” he said in a written statement to the Press Assocation.

The Order of the Companions of Honour is an exclusive group which is made up of the Queen and no more than 65 members, such as Sir David Attenborough, Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Ian McKellen. The honor is “awarded for having a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time.”

When he heard about the honour, Paul said in a statement last year, “I’m very happy about this huge honour and with the news coming on my birthday weekend and Father’s Day it makes it colossal.”

The ceremony comes just a day after it was announced that the rocker, who was knighted in 1997, is donating 63 photographs taken by his late wife Linda to London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum. They will be displayed in the V&A’s new Photography Centre when it opens in October.

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