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Why did John Lennon never named Sir?
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22 January 2012
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Well there are many reasons IMHO.

 

1. He returned his MBE to the Queen.

2. He wanted to become an American Citizen.

3. He was a "Working Class Hero". Not precisely material for a knighthood.

4. I dunno but in those days, 70s and 80s it was weird to think that a rock star could become a Sir. Nowadays it's pretty common.

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mithveaen said:

Well there are many reasons IMHO.

3. He was a "Working Class Hero". Not precisely material for a knighthood.

It's probably what 90% of honours are given for. Lord Alan Sugar is a prime example.

I think sending back the MBE was a major hurdle, as was dying. Posthumous knighthoods are very rare (there has only been one (Sir Henry Cotton)- most honours are withdrawn if the recepient dies before officially being awarded them, and a quick Google brings up campaigns for Billy Wright, John Graham-Cumming, Brian Clough, Charles Darwin, Christopher Hitchens, Bob Paisley, Alan Turing, and... George Harrison) and it is very unlikely that an exception would be made for John so long after his death.

I also think John didn't help himself by supporting the IRA.

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25 January 2012
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Because there was no vote greedy bum of a politician willing to offer an American living, monarchy embarrassing (MBE thing), Brit to get an award. And anyways, why extend an honour that Lennon wouldn't have accepted? He didn't deserve it. Nor did Harrison, unless bankrolling Monty Python counts as acting in the National Interest.

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26 January 2012
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That John had previously returned his MBE earlier pretty much excluded him from that title. It's just a matter of decorum, that's all, I think. When they choose someone for this, they typically send out a letter that basically says "The Queen wishes to bestow this great honor on you. Are you willing to accept it, or will you turn it down and make a big fuss to embarrass Her Majesty? Because we'd like to know ahead of time, in that is the case." Seriously. They're very touchy about this. Hugh Laurie talked about this once, about why he accepted his own OBE. He said if you turn it down, they won't bother you ever again, because they hate being embarrassed like that. Laurie said that while it didn't mean that much to him, his son told him that there was no reason to be a jerk by turning it down. So Laurie accepted it.

 

It just sounds like it's a bigger deal for the monarchy if you turn it down (or return it) than actually accepting it. Like I said, it's probably just decorum. Has little to do with whether they acknowledge John as an important British cultural figure or not.

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A timely list has been released of people who refused to accept honours from the Queen. Among them are LS Lowry, who turned down 5 honours over the years including an OBE, CBE and knighthood; Roald Dahl (OBE); C.S. Lewis (CBE); and Alfred Hitchcock who declined a CBE in 1962 but accepted a knighthood in 1980. JBB Priestly declined a life peerage in 1965 and Order of Companions Honour in 1969.

BBC article also mentions John returning his MBE in 1969 along with John's note detailing the reasons for doing so:

 "Your Majesty, I am returning this in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts.

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As well, Churchill refused multiple times the honour of becoming a Duke, as he wanted his heirs the ability to run for national public office. God, there might actually be a British equivalent to Justin Trudeau. Scary.

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