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UK forced to list people who rejected royal honors

- Associated Press - Thursday, January 26, 2012

LONDON (AP) - British authorities have released a list of the more than 250 people who rejected royal honors over the past half century.

The Cabinet Office's list of rebellious would-be award recipients include the author Roald Dahl, the artist Lucian Freud and the sculptor Henry Moore. Painter Francis Bacon and novelist Aldous Huxley are on the list, which was made public Thursday following a freedom of information request.

For many, the disclosure was the first official confirmation that they had rejected a royal award.

Generally such rejections are kept confidential unless the recipient goes public or the news leaks.

Britain's monarch can bestow a range of honors, from the title of knight to membership of the Order of the British Empire.

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