On this day in music history: October 26, 1965 – The Beatles receive the MBE (Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II, in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace for “services to the British Empire”. Though the award was not without controversy. After the official announcement is made on June 12, 1965, some previous recipients return their awards in protest over “a rock band” receiving the honor. Though it is rumored that the band smoked marijuana in a palace toilet prior to receiving the honor, The Beatles themselves dispel this myth years later. When the Queen asks them how long they have been together as a band, Paul and Ringo both reply “we’ve been together for forty years.” John Lennon returns his MBE in November of 1969 as part of his peace protest campaign, in part because the medals are usually awarded for military service.