::Order of the British Empire


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Most Excellent
Order of the British Empire

Order of Chivalry -


For God and the Empire -


British nationals or anyone who has made a significant achievement for the United Kingdom -

Awarded for

A national order of chivalry -


Currently constituted -


Queen Elizabeth II -

Grand Master

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh -

Principal Commander

Sovereign -

Grades (w/ post-nominals)

Knight/Dame Grand Cross (GBE)
Knight/Dame Commander (KBE/DBE)
Commander (CBE)
Officer (OBE)
Member (MBE) -

Former grades

Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Gallantry
Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service -


1917 -

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Next (higher)

Royal Victorian Order -

Next (lower)

Varies, depending on rank -

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Civil ribbon -

MBE as awarded in 1918
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Close up of an MBE from 1945 showing the "For God and the Empire"
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Lieutenant General Sir Robert Fulton, KBE

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is the "order of chivalry of British democracy"{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }}, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations and public service outside the Civil Service.<ref name="obe_royal">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V, and comprises five classes, in civil and military divisions, the most senior two of which make the recipient either a knight if male, or dame if female.<ref>The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30250. pp. 8791–8999. 24 August 1917.</ref> There is also the related British Empire Medal, whose recipients are affiliated with, but not members of, the order.

Appointments to the Order of the British Empire were at first made on the nomination of the self-governing Dominions of the Empire, the Viceroy of India, and the colonial governors, as well as on nominations from within the United Kingdom. As the Empire evolved into the Commonwealth, nominations continued to come from the Commonwealth realms, in which the monarch remained head of state. These overseas nominations have been discontinued in realms which have established their own Orders, such as the Order of Australia, the Order of Canada, and the New Zealand Order of Merit, but members of the Order are still appointed in the British Overseas Territories.

Order of the British Empire sections
Intro   Current classes   Styles and honorary knighthoods  History  Composition  Gallantry  Vestments and accoutrements  Chapel  Precedence and privileges   Current Knights and Dames Grand Cross   Successor awards in other Commonwealth realms  Republics  Criticism  See also  Footnotes  External links  

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