n 1984 and 1986, Starr narrated the children's series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, a Britt Allcroft production, which was first shown on Central Television and subsequently across the ITV network. He was unsure about taking the role at first, having never previously read the books by Reverend Awdry, and at the time he felt that children would be more interested in "dinosaurs with lasers."
Interviewer: At the end of the song Elizabeth Reigns—which is a balanced view of the queen and company—you say, “Well, there goes me knighthood”.
Starr: There goes me knighthood—yes, I think it has gone, well and truly...
Interviewer: Does that bother you at all?
Starr: No, I don’t want to be a Sir. I want to be a duke or a prince. If they come through with that, I’ll consider it.
(Both from Wikipedia)