The investiture ceremony took place in London, Buckingham Palace, on Tuesday 11 March 1997. Paul was receiving his knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
The announcement was already made back in December 1996. Please see this page for details.
|Thumbs Up! (Photo from The Sun, 12 March 1997)|
Of course, many TV stations and newspapers reported about Paul having received his knighthood.
|More than 1000 screaming teenagers (who weren't even
born the the Beatles were fab) were waiting in front of
Buckingham Palace when Paul was knighted. Some had been
there as early as 6am. When Paul finally left Buckingham
Palace after 2 1/2 hours, he smiled to the fans and gave
them a "thumbs-up" sign.
The crowd sang "A Hard Day's Night" and "Hey Jude" when Paul passed through the gates. They even honored him by changing "Yesterday" to "Yes Sir Day."
|THE MAC PACK The Sun||Hordes of screaming
teenagers going wild
|After the ceremony, Sir Paul said:
"This is the best day of my life.
"I would never have dreamed of this day. If we had had that thought when we started off in Liverpool it would have been laughed at as a complete joke."
|Photo by The Sun||TV stills captured by H. Gernhardt|
|"Today is fantastic,
there is a blue sky and it's springtime. My mum and dad
would have been extremely proud today - and perhaps they
"George Harrison and Ringo Starr keep ringing me up, calling me 'Your Holiness.' "
"Linda is fine. I would have loved the whole family to have been here but we only had three guest tickets so we had to draw straws. Linda and Heather decided to stay out of the limelight today."
|TV stills captured by H. Gernhardt||McCART-VEE - Paul flashes a peace
|"I'm still heavily
involved in music and I have a new album, called Flaming
Pie, coming out in May. It's mainly a solo album but
Ringo plays on it. And I'm also writing a full-length
orchestral piece for the London Symphony Orchestra.
It is due to be performed at the Albert Hall on October 14."
|TV stills captured by H. Gernhardt|
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