Establishment recognition with MBE

Beatles with their MBE medals


Due to their phenomenal international success in June 1965 it is announced that the Beatles would be each be made an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).

In a break from tradition, it was the first time that such an award was bestowed upon mere “pop stars” and working class ones at that.  Previously the only lower class recipients were war heroes. The award ceremony was conducted on October 26, 1965, at Buckingham Palace where huge crowds of fans besieged the palace.

Fans mob palace gates as Beatles receive MBEs

Police struggle to hold back mobs of fans mob palace gates as Beatles visit Buckingham Palace to receive MBEs. Image copyright Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.

Two years later they wore their medals for the album cover photograph of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Cover image copyright Fox Photos/Getty Images

Read the full blog: The Beatle, The Bankie & The Bouquet .

Photo montage of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Jimmy Reid and in front of the Titan crane in the former shipyards of Clydebank

The full story behind John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s donation to Clyde shipbuilders of the UCS in 1971 as he went from Beatle to political and peace activist.

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