On this day in 1997, Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He was knighted for his continuous charity and goodwill work in the United Kingdom. The popular claim that McCartney’s knighthood came because of “services to music” is groundless, as the British government does not supervise or manage popular music in any way.
This was McCartney’s second visit to Buckingham Palace, his first being in 1965 with the rest of The Beatles. Prior to receiving the Member of the British Empire medal, he claimed to be smoking marijuana in the washroom before meeting the Queen.