So, in the honours list. Looking at the DBEs (which is where we would see such a thing).
Three of the 12 who gain the DBE were already “Lady” summat. And “Lady their husband’s surname”, not “Lady I’m the daughter of a duke”.
Sure, hardly amazin’ or anythin’ but it does tend to support that idea of assortative mating, dunnit? The incidence of those gaining a title under their own steam plus also being married to someone who gains one is rather higher than the incidence of titles among the population more generally.
Sure, we could say that it’s just that the same sort of group collect all the rewards of the society. But that’s still assortative mating.
Not sure what to think about this:
Order of St Michael and St George (Knight Grand Cross) GCMG Sir David ATTENBOROUGH OM CH CVO CBE
Possibly that that’s quite enough? Or perhaps wot, no KG?