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5 Celebrities Who Were Offered Knighthood, And Turned It Down

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Twice a year, the British government drafts up a list of individuals whose contributions to British culture, well-being, or national strength are, in their opinion, worth an acknowledgement by Her Majesty herself. The Queen then reviews and confirms the list, and announces the awards twice a year: once on New Years, and once on her birthday in June.


Understandably, to a lot of British citizens, the idea of receiving a Queen's Honour is just about the pinnacle of recognition, and a number of big names have eagerly stepped up to the plate in order to be dubbed a Knight or Dame of the British Empire. Most recently, musicians like Ringo Starr of The Beatles and Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees were given the honor, alongside actors like Hugh Laurie and Patrick Stewart.

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However, it may come as a surprise that not everybody who's offered an Honour by the crown actually accepts it! In fact, there have been a number of big names who've turned it down over the years, much to the shock of the entire country!

Read on to find out which celebs turned down knighthood...

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