Arise, Lord McCartney! Beatles legend Sir Paul ‘is being considered for a peerage’ ahead of his 80th birthday… 25 years after receiving a knighthood
Sir Paul McCartney is being considered for a peerage to mark his 80th birthday this summer.
The Beatles legend, 79, could be made a Lord in recognition of his lifetime of musical achievements and service to British culture.
Lord McCartney! Sir Paul McCartney is reportedly being secretly considered for a peerage to mark his 80th birthday this summer (pictured in July 2019)
If he is awarded with the title, he will join a very select group of musicians, including theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber, 73, composer the late Benjamin Britten and late violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin.
A source told the publication: ‘Paul is already in an extraordinarily exclusive set of people at the very top of the honours system.
‘There is now quiet talk among officials about how to mark his 80th with something truly special. The idea of offering him the chance to sit as a cross-bencher in the Lords has been mooted.
‘He has given incredible service to British culture, so it could be a very fitting tribute and mark of all that he has done for his country.’
Honour: The Sun reports that sources are saying the prestigious honour is in the pipeline, 25 years after he was first knighted by The Queen (pictured after receiving his knighthood in 1997)
MailOnline has contacted reps for Sir Paul for comment.
His knighthood was upgraded in 2018 to admit Sir Paul to the even rarer Order of the Companions of Honour – of which there are only 61 living members.
At the time Sir Paul said: ‘I see this as a huge honour for me and my family and I think of how proud my Liverpool mum and dad would have been to see this.’
It comes as Sir Paul is set to headline at Glastonbury a week after turning 80 making him the oldest act to ever headline the west country festival.
Exciting: It comes as Sir Paul is set to headline at Glastonbury a week after turning 80 making him the oldest act to ever headline the west country festival (pictured in October 2021)
He confirmed he will headline the prestigious festival by sharing a cryptic post on his Twitter page last month.
The musician’s tweet showed a score for popular online puzzle Wordle along with six green squares, which read: ‘Wordle 121 25/6’.
Eagle-eyed music fans noted that Wordle scores only consist of five letters, sparking speculation that the word Macca was refering to was in fact ‘Glasto’.
Others noticed that it is 121 days from today until the festival and 25/6 was predicted to represent Saturday June 25 – the day the star will perform.
Getting involved: Sir Paul will follow Noel Gallagher and Haim on Saturday, June 25 and is ‘determined to put on a hell of a show’
The musician last performed on the Pyramid Stage in 2004.
According to the Sun, Sir Paul will follow Noel Gallagher and Haim on Saturday, June 25 and is ‘determined to put on a hell of a show’.
‘Paul’s set will be an absolutely must-see. He is really excited for it and is determined to put on a hell of a show packed with all of the hits,’ a source said.
‘There was some discussion about whether he should go ahead with shows this year because of the situation with Covid, but he decided he really wants to perform.
‘Glastonbury is such an amazing event to headline and he knows it will be an incredible moment for him.’
Let it be: The musician’s tweet showed a score for popular online puzzle Wordle along with six green squares, which read: ‘Wordle 121 25/6’
Old times: The musician revolutionized pop music with The Beatles (pictured onstage with John Lennon in 1966)