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List of people who have declined a British honour

The following is a partial list of people who have declined a British honour, such as a knighthood or an Order of the British Empire. In most cases, the honour was rejected privately; others were rejected publicly, or accepted then returned later, as with John Lennon. Some potential recipients have rejected one honour, then accepted another one (such as Alfred Hitchcock).

Many of these were identified in December 2003 when a confidential document containing over 300 names of such people was leaked to the Sunday Times: