According to sources inside Buckingham palace, the BBC’s Business Editor Robert Peston is to receive an honorary ‘R’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List next month, ‘for services to entertainment’.
The conferring of letters is an ancient Royal favour dating back to the mediaeval times when an extra ‘L’ was awarded to Wales in 1302, still reflected in towns such as Llandudno, and popular weather presenter Sian Lloyd.
Scunthorpe was the last known town to receive a letter, when it was bestowed an ‘S’ in 1867, prior to a visit from Queen Victoria. More recently, popular children’s author Roald Dahl famously returned his ‘N’ in 1968 in protest at the Vietnam War.
Peston, born Roberto Pesto in 1960 to Anglo-Italian parents, has already exchanged an ‘O’ for an ‘N’ by deed poll, before joining the BBC.