The Queen has decided to confer knighthood on the controversial author Salman Rushdie. I, unlike many (especially among Muslims) who criticize the self-described atheist have actually read some of his works including the Satanic Verses.
The only reason I was interested in reading the Satanic Verses was due to the controversy it caused as that piqued my interest. I read the book while I was in high school and before my conversion to Islam. I throughly enjoyed the book and used an online source along with the book that explained many of the impressive esoteric, literary, political, and religious references and connotations used by Rushdie.
After I converted to Islam and had a deeper understanding of my faith, I wanted to read the book again to see if I would feel the same way about it and the second time around, I definately found the book to be in some ways crass and full of gratuitous vulgarity, and to be offensive in its references and snide commentary about Islam and Muslim figures.
That being said, I think the British monarchy is itself mostly irrelevant and these honorary titles are also irrelevant and just a last gasp effort from a faded and dying empire to attempt to hold on to illusions of grandeur.