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Queens Honours 2012

One thousand Brits were carefully selected by “People in power” to be honoured with gongs, merits and medals from the Queen. One woman on BBC Radio 2 eplained what it was like when she got her award from the Queen today.

At first when I got it I was terrified, the the envelope was so strange & frightening, but when I opened it up I realised it was an honour”

A partial list of people who have rejected merits from the Queen.


Appointment to the Order of Merit

  • A. E. Housman, poet and classical scholar (in 1929)
  • George Bernard Shaw, playwright, critic, and polemicist (in 1946; Shaw replied that “merit” in authorship could only be determined by the posthumous verdict of history). Shaw had also wanted to decline a Nobel Prize for literature in 1925, but accepted it at his wife’s behest as honouring Ireland. He did reject the monetary award, requesting it be used to finance translation of Swedish books into English.

Appointment as a Companion of Honour (CH)

Appointment to the Order of the Bath

As Knight Companion

As Companion

  • Colonel Allday V. Kerrison, 1955 New Year Honours
  • Bernard O’Brien, scientist, 1956 New Years Honours

Appointment to the Royal Victorian Order

As a Commander


3 Responses to Queens Honours 2012

  1. fool me once... June 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Benjamin Zephaniah publicly rejected an OBE (order of the british empire) in 2003.
    He wrote about his experience in 1998 of a visit he made to Palestine.
    The book is called, “Rasta Time in Palestine” 1990
    ISBN No. 0951655108, well worth a read.
    “Rasta Time in Palestine” contains just some of the things I experienced when I was there. I have tried my best to keep this book simple, direct and truthful. It contains no great intellectual reasoning and will assume that the reader is new to the subject, and hopefully, that it will inspire you to learn more.” Benjamin Zephaniah

  2. Jonathon Blakeley June 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    Benjamin Zephaniah is a great chap. great poet.

    “dis a policeman, dis a policeman, dis a policeman keep on kicking me in the head”

  3. Ariadna Theokopoulos June 18, 2012 at 4:07 am #

    Wish we had an experienced jew counter on hand, because I am not sure but I think I spot only two jews among those who refused the honors, although there are lots who accepted them.
    Hmm, I wonder what it means.
    I think the first jew ever to be so honored was…. Rothschild.