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The Queen of England has stripped former RBS CEO Fred Goodwin of his knighthood, it was reported earlier today. Goodwin was originally knighted for his contributions to the banking industry in 2004, but that doesn’t seem too fitting after RBS’ £45 billion taxpayer bailout.But Goodwin isn’t the first to lose an honorable British title. People usually lose an honour when convicted of a crime or for political reasons. There have been 34 people since 1995 who have lost the title, according to The Telegraph. When the honours forfeiture committee was set up in 1994 for the purpose of recommendation title cancellations, there had been 15 titles stripped since 1979.
The forfeiture committee recommends the title cancellations to the Queen, who has the sole power to strip individuals of the title. The news is then published and recorded in the London Gazette.
We rounded up some of the most interesting people who’ve lost their titles and the reasons why.
Year Knighted: 2001
Year Title Stripped: 2011
Reason: Fired from the school for financial irregularities, then later investigated and banned from running a school.
*Else is the only woman to have her Damehood stripped.
Source: Manchester Evening News
Year Knighted: 1911
Year Title Stripped: 1916
Reason: Treason. He helped organise the the Irish Volunteers, a group of Irish nationalists. He was captured by the British in the Easter Rising in 1916 and hanged.
Year MBE Given: 1999
Year Title Stripped: 2006
Reason: Arrested for crashing his car while driving 90mph. The driver of the car he hit broke every major bone in his body and suffered brain damage.