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Legends who have turned down the Queen's Honours because of British war crimes and genocide

And some of the reasons they turned them down are brilliant.

These are the people who refused "awards" from the Queen.

Ken Loach.




The film director didn’t mince his words when he spoke about turning down an OBE in 1977.

Ken Loach, whose films centre on social issues such as poverty, homelessness and benefits, told the Radio Times in 2001: “It’s all the things I think are despicable: patronage, deferring to the monarchy and the name of the British Empire, which is a monument of exploitation and conquest.


“I turned down the OBE because it’s not a club you want to join when you look at the villains who’ve got it.”

Danny Boyle


The director and master behind the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony revealed that he turned down an honour because: “It’s just not me”.

Danny Boyle said it did not feel right to accept the award when thousands of people were involved in the planning and execution of the highly-praised opening ceremony.

He told the Radio Times: “I also thought it was wrong, act…

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