LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the iconic rock and disco group The Bee Gees, became Sir Barry Gibb on Tuesday at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
The dignity of a knighthood was conferred upon the 71-year-old performer by Charles, Prince of Wales, to recognize Gibb’s services to music and charity, according to a report by the BBC.
Gibb had been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002 but was promoted to Bachelor Knight at the ceremony on Tuesday.
“If it was not for my brothers, I would not be here. If I had spent my whole life writing songs on my own, it would have meant something else altogether,” Gibb told the audience at the ceremony.
“I hope and pray they are aware of what’s happened,” he added.
The Bee Gees are considered to be one of the most successful bands of all time, with record sales that top more than 220 million. Gibb’s brother Robin died in 2012 after a battle with colorectal cancer, while Maurice died in 2003 after surgery on his intestines.
Barry, however, is still making music and performing, including an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in 2017.
Congratulations Sir Barry Gibb!
The co-founder of the Bee Gees today received a Knighthood for his services to music and charity. pic.twitter.com/aY50JCMdVj
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 26, 2018