Lizzy DeningPaul O'Grady

Why we think Paul O’Grady should be knighted!

Lizzy DeningPaul O'Grady
Why we think Paul O’Grady should be knighted!
 Paul receiving his MBE

Paul receiving his MBE

Presenter Paul O’Grady may already have an MBE, but we feel it’s high time for his tireless efforts to help charities and abandoned animals to be recognised with a knighthood.

Paul O’Grady’s MBE

Paul received his MBE in the Queen’s Honours List in June 2008, for services to entertainment.

“I thought it was a wind-up,” he said at the time, adding, “I’m the last person, I’d have thought, who would be given an MBE. What have I done to deserve it? I’m just sat there night after night, banging out telly.

“The thought of getting this would have never entered my head when I first started out.” The good news coincided with his birthday (June 14th) so he added it was a “very nice birthday present.”

There was some speculation as to whether he would accept the honour, as he’s never been a royalist (with the exception of Princess Diana who he admired for her charitable work) but he asked his family who said: “If you don’t accept, it’s rude.” He added that Buckingham Palace had said he was a “hugely popular choice” which, naturally, had warmed his cockles to hear!

 Paul and his partner, sister and daughter

Paul and his partner, sister and daughter

Paul O’Grady’s knighthood

Now that a decade has passed, we think it’s high time for Paul to move up the honours system, and it seems we’re not alone in feeling Paul deserves to become Sir Paul asap! During his appearance on the National Television Awards this week there were a flood of tweets from his fans, calling for his to be knighted. One of the many things we love about the For the Love of Dogs presenter is how humble he is, as demonstrated during the broadcast when he was given a Special Recognition Award.

He joked that he was shocked to win the award and had almost gone home, adding: “The show is such a team effort. The staff at Battersea, I love doing the show. It’s so dangerous as I now have seven dogs.

“I’m delighted the programme has done well as it highlights their hard work and shows the good side of people…and the bad side when you see the abuse. Thank you for this, so much!”

Humble, animal-loving and charity minded – give that chap a knighthood!