Celebs who rejected British royal honors

Household names who just weren't interested

Stars Insider

07/01/21 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Honors system

Under the British honors system, individuals are awarded on merit for exceptional achievement or service. The system has been around for centuries and for many people the prospect of becoming a knight, dame, CBE, OBE, or MBE still represents the height of achievement.

There are several individuals, however, who have rejected an offer from the monarch to receive an honor. For a long time rejections often went under the radar and the reasons that people declined the offers were not known. However, in 2012 the British government was forced to release a list of all those individuals who turned down honors before 2000.

Check out this gallery to find out which famous faces rejected the Queen's honors (for one reason or another).

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