Britain’s Cabinet Office publishes a list of the people receiving honours for merit, service or bravery twice a year: just before New Year’s Eve, and on the Saturday in June when Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is officially observed.
The New Year’s Honors List made public late on Friday revealed that Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and Barry Gibb, the oldest and last surviving of the brothers who made up the pop group the Bee Gees, have been tapped as knights.
The process starts with nominations from the public, which first are reviewed by a specialist committee and then by a main honours committee.
The nominations are then sent to the prime minister before the various honours are bestowed by the queen or senior royals.
The children’s author celebrated for War Horse and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also made the honours list.