Bee Gee Barry Gibb ‘thought knighthood was a wind-up’

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Barry Gibb, the last surviving Bee Gee, has been knighted at Buckingham Palace by Prince Charles.

The 71-year old musician told Sky News that when he first found out he was to receive the honour he “nearly fell over”, adding: “I didn’t believe it at all.”

Sir Barry said: “I actually asked the gentleman from the cabinet ‘is this true?’

“He said: ‘Well it’s not a wind up’. So I spent the rest of the day laughing on the bed.”

Sir Barry Gibb from Beaconsfield is made a Knight Bachelor of the British Empire by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2018. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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Sir Barry attended the ceremony with his wife and three of their children

Paying tribute to his brothers Maurice and Robin, the Bee Gees singer said: “I wish my brothers could have share it with me, because I know without them this wouldn’t have happened at all for me.”

Maurice Gibb died due to complications during surgery in 2003, aged 53, and his twin Robin succumbed to cancer in 2012.

The trio’s youngest brother Andy, who was not part of the group, died from a heart condition in 1988, aged 30.

The brothers were born on the Isle of Man before the family moved to Australia in 1958.

Singer and songwriter Barry Gibb, with his wife, Linda, and children, Michael (left), Alexandra and Ashley (right) at Buckingham Palace
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Gibb with his wife Linda and children, Michael (L), Alexandra and Ashley (R)

They returned to the UK in 1967 and went on to pen a string of hits, selling more than 220m records worldwide.

Sir Barry attended the Buckingham Palace ceremony with his wife, former Miss Edinburgh Linda Gray, and three of their five children.

His knighthood follows a triumphant set for the Legend Slot at 2017’s Glastonbury Festival, where he performed classic hits such as Stayin’ Alive, Tragedy and Night Fever.

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