"They say it's your birthday!"
Paul McCartney didn’t have to look very hard for a reason to party on Sunday. The former Beatle enjoyed turning three-quarters of a century old on Sunday while also celebrating Father’s Day, in addition to now becoming one of only a handful of musicians to receive the Companion of Honour Award from her majesty.
As Rolling Stone reports, Sir Paul now joins a select group of musical artists including singer Vera Lynn, percussionist Evelyn Glennie and opera singer Janet Baker, who have received the award. Acclaimed author J.K. Rowling also received a promotion for her services to literature and philanthropy, as part of the Queen's Birthday Honors list.
"I'm very happy about this huge honor and with the news coming on my birthday weekend and Father's Day it makes it colossal!" McCartney said in a statement.
McCartney received his initial knighthood 20 years ago, in 1997. All four members of The Beatles received appointment as Members of the Order of the British Empire back in 1965, at the height of Beatlemania. This year’s 1,109 total honorees will officially accept their awards on New Year's and on the Queen's official birthday on June 2.
Paul's One on One tour will keep the ageless rocker on the road throughout the summer and into the fall, starting at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena on July 5. Tickets for select shows on his North American tour can be purchased by clicking here.