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Order of the British Empire

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Order of the British Empire

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the Civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V, and comprises five classes across both civil and military divisions, the most senior two of which make the recipient either a knight if male or dame if female. There is also the related British Empire Medal, whose recipients are affiliated with, but not members of, the order.
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  • Current classes 

  • Styles and honorary knighthoods 

  • History 

  • Composition 

  • Gallantry 

  • Vestments and accoutrements 

  • Chapel 

  • Precedence and privileges 

  • Current Knights and Dames Grand Cross 

  • Recommendations by Commonwealth countries 

  • Criticism