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Calls for The Queen to present Ariana Grande with an honorary Damehood following Manchester benefit

There have been calls for US singer Ariana Grande to be awarded an honorary Damehood following her organisation of the Manchester benefit concert held in memory of the victims of the bomb attack last Tuesday.

Celebrities and those who watched the concert made pleas on Twitter for The Queen to recognise the 23-year-old, who organised the fundraising concert herself.

Broadcaster and journalist Jon Sopel said: “Dear Your Majesty, how about a Damehood for Ariana Grande in the birthday honours. She has been MAGNIFICENT.”

Writer and academic Carrie Dunn also tweeted: “Can we get Ariana Grande an honorary damehood or something? Feel reasonably confident the Manchester unis will give her honorary doctorates.”

The Queen has the power to make anybody an honorary Knight or Dame who does not live within a Commonwealth realm.

Notable people to have been awarded them in the past include former Olympics chief Jacques Rogge, actor Kevin Spacey and director Steven Spielberg.

Miss Grande was performing at Manchester Arena on the night of May 22 where a bomb exploded killing 22 people and injuring hundreds more.

The benefit concert held on Sunday is aimed to raise millions for the families of the victims.

High profile guests performed at the concert held in the city, including Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Take That.

The concert was broadcast in around 50 countries in five continents and was a success by all accounts.

 

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