New Year’s Honours List: The Best Reasons Why People Rejected An Honour

Whilst the majority of people are delighted to be mentioned in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list, scores of others have turned down an award and some have even thought twice and returned them years after making a trip to the palace.

Some of the most high profile names to do so include Roald Dahl, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Steven Hawking.

And from the ethical to the downright bizarre, there are many reasons why people reject gongs – here are ten of the best:

1. David Bowie



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Bowie turned down an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2000.

David Bowie turned down an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2000, saying: “I seriously don’t know what it’s for.”

The music icon, who passed away last year, said he did not see the point in the honour.

He…

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