Saint Margaret of Scotland was an English princess who married a Scottish king. Her husband wasn’t very religious, but she was very devoted to Catholicism. She got the Scottish church to be on par with Rome’s policies and thus the Catholic Church made her a saint.
J.R.R. Tolkien was awarded the Order of the British Empire, which is one step down from being knighted.
The word gay (as in happy) comes from the French word gai meaning “happy” in French.