HUNDREDS of Brits have refused to accept honours for their life achievements, we can reveal.
Official records show that hundreds of Brits have declined life achievements honours, including celebrities like Paul Weller[/caption]
And five women refused to accept a Damehood.
The refusals, all in the past 20 years, were disclosed by the Cabinet Office following a Freedom of Information request.
Gongs recipients are decided by honours committees made up of senior civil servants and people who are independent of the Government.
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They may be given for achievements in all walks of life including voluntary service or enhancing Britain’s reputation globally.
A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “Individuals decline honours for a variety of reasons and we respect their personal decision to do so.”
“The figures represent a very small proportion of the total number of awards recommended.”
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