Paul McCartney is made a Companion of Honour by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, Friday May 4, 2018. (Yui Mok//PA via AP)
Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell pose for the media following an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, Friday May 4, 2018, where he was made a Companion of Honour. (Steve Parsons/Pool via AP)Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell pose for the media following an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, Friday May 4, 2018, where he was made a Companion of Honour. (Steve Parsons/Pool via AP)

(Meredith/AP) — Sir Paul McCartney was named a Companion of Honour at Buckingham Palace at a special ceremony Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II placed the medal around McCartney’s neck during the ceremony.

The honor is given to people who have made outstanding achievements. McCartney was awarded for his services to music.

McCartney paid tribute to his parents after the ceremony, acknowledging how proud his parents would be to see him receive the award.

He said in a written statement that he saw the award “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 former Beatle was joined by wife Nancy Shevell at the Friday ceremony.

The 75-year-old songwriter, bass player and singer received a knighthood 21 years ago.

Bandmate Ringo Starr, the Beatles’ drummer, was made a knight earlier this year.

J.K. Rowling, Judi Dench and Ian McKellen are among other celebrities who have been named a Companion of Honour in the past.

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