It was on March 11, 1997, when former Beatle Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his lasting services to music. At that time he was a young 54 years of age and headed for Buckingham Palace. Screaming fans awaited him as always.
At this time his wife Linda was seriously ill so she did not go with him but three of his four children did. His former surviving Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr referred to him as “Your Holiness”. McCartney chose to dedicate his knighthood to all of his fellow Beatles, Harrison, Starr, and Lennon and to the people of the northwestern port of Liverpool. So McCartney became Sir Paul McCartney but does not always refer to himself this way.