Sir Paul McCartney Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

Sir Paul McCartney has picked up another honor from the Queen. Today, he was made a “Companion of Honor” by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his musical accomplishments.

The former Beatle released a statement “I see this as a huge honor for me and my family and I think of how proud my Liverpool mum and dad would have been to see this.”

The Order of the Companions of Honour was established in 1917, and acknowledges U.K. citizens who have made important contributions to arts, science, medicine or government on a national level over a long period of time. A maximum of 65 people can serve as Companions of Honour at any one time.

McCartney was accompanied by his wife, Nancy Shevell, at the investiture ceremony.

McCartney was knighted in 1997. Fellow Beatle Ringo Starr was awarded the honor in March.