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30th December 2018

GRANDE GESTURE: Ariana Grande politely turns down Damehood [in New Year’s Honours list] in honour of Manchester terror attack victims and their bereaved families (

Ariana Grande on stage at the One Love Manchester benefit show, image: Rex Features via Current Bun article
Ariana Grande on stage at the One Love Manchester benefit show, image: Rex Features via Current Bun article
The star, 25, was offered the gong after she visited victims of the Manchester Arena bomb and organised a charity gig.

But sources close to the singer who was made an honourary Manchester citizen after the atrocity said she was flattered but that it was “too soon” and perhaps bereaved families “might see it as insensitive”:

“She was deeply moved and honoured. She didn’t decline it as such but explained it was not the right time to accept.”

Perhaps in the future then, with the gong in question making her a Dame Commander of the British Empire (Hon.) (Wikipedia) which can be given to foreign nationals and being an honorary knighthood because she is not a citizens of a nation where the Queen is head of state, which would not have allowing her to use the rank Dame before her forename unless she at some unlikely point become a citizen of a Commonwealth realm but would be entitled to use post-nominal letters “DBE”—e.g. Ariana Grande DBE—in the same way as which Bob Geldof who was awarded the same being Irish is not really “Sir Bob” as he is often termed in the media.

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