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Order of the British Empire


Order of The British Empire


Ewan McGregor Made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, 2013


Order Of The British Empire


Order Of The British Empire


Mr. Clarence Thompson MBE, Member of the 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