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In my search for a smile, I found a story forecasting that Lenny Henry is to receive a knighthood when the Queen’s Birthday Honours list is published on Friday, with smiling comments by the man himself.

Such leaks from the Cabinet Office have happened before, but it is apparently unprecedented for one to be confirmed by the alleged recipient.

In that new climate, therefore, I can reveal exclusively . . . I’m not on it.

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  1. Sue Woods
    June 11, 2015 at 8:20 am

    There was a time when any recipient who told anyone ahead of the official announcement of the Honours List would have the award rescinded.

  2. June 11, 2015 at 8:32 am

    What award?

  3. Sue Woods
    June 11, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Whatever Honour was being bestowed, Knighthood, M.B.E. etc.
    Potential recipient receives letter “Her Majesty is minded to award” or something similar and is asked if they will accept. They are told that no-one else should be informed of the award until the official announcement is made.
    At least that is what I understood was the procedure some decades ago. I would be surprised if it has changed.

    • June 11, 2015 at 11:35 am

      I’ve known a few people who’ve been honoured, including family. I can’t recall anyone jumping the gun, and never having received such a letter I wouldn’t know what dire warnings it might contain. We’ll know in a couple of days, if Lenny stays plain Mr Henry.

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