Hundreds of Brits have turned down honours for their life achievements

HUNDREDS of Brits have refused to accept honours for their life achievements, we can reveal.

Official records show 22 people have turned down the chance to be knighted, more than 450 have declined MBEs and around 200 OBEs.

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Official records show that hundreds of Brits have declined life achievements honours, including celebrities like Paul Weller[/caption]

David Bowie has also publicly turned down an honour
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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.

Celebs to publicly decline honours include singers David Bowie and Paul Weller and film director Danny Boyle.

Gongs recipients are decided by honours committees made up of senior civil servants and people who are independent of the Government.

Recommendations go to the PM and then the Queen before they are officially bestowed.

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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