PTM2792 at UTARLG.UTA.EDU
Tue Mar 21 18:46:38 PST 1995
Still clearing out my backlog:
"Diarmuit Ui Dhuinn asks:
"'one wonders what the protocol would be for declining such an award?
"'For that matter, one wonders what the protocol would be for declining
an award because the recipient did not actually feel that they deserved
it would be?'
"Diarmuit, *I* don't know the answer to these questions. I would suppose
a Herald would know the correct procedure for declining an award, if
there is such a beast (not the Herald, the *procedure*). :-)
"Otherwise, I suppose the person could just not respond if their name's
called or the person could say "Thanks, but no thanks" to the Crown. On
the Rialto someone was talking about "resigning" their peerage. Maybe
that's the way to do it?"
Galen's $.02 worth:
I know of no formally-adopted procedure for declining an award. If I
were to be called into court and offered an award I knew I didn't
deserve, say a Laurel or a White Scarf or a Sable Comet or some such,
I'd probably say something to the effect that my respect for the
Companions of this Order is so great that I know that I am not
worthy to be counted among them. Therefore with thanks I must decline.
There is a procedure for resigning a peerage. The peer must resign _in
writing_, with copies sent to the Crown, the Board of Directors, and
Principle of the Order (if applicable). It is _not_ necessary that
this be done in a public ceremony; also, it isn't something the Crown
can refuse to accept -- on those occasions when the Crown refused to
accept resignations from the peerage, it has been a face-saving
measure for someone who didn't really want to resign.
- Viscount Galen of Bristol
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