Types of honors and awards
This is awarded for making an important contribution to art, science, medicine or government that lasts for a long period of time.
Knight or Dame
This is awarded for making an important contribution in any business, usually nationally. Other people working in the candidate area will see their input as a source of inspiration and meaningful, requiring commitment over a long period of time.
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
This is assigned to have a prominent but minor role at the national level or a leading role at the regional level. You can also get one for a distinct and innovative contribution in any area.
British Empire Order Officer (OBE)
This is awarded to play an important local role in any activity, including the people whose work has made them known nationally in the chosen area.
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Rewarded for outstanding achievement or service for the community. This will have had a significant long-term impact and stands out as an example for others.
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Awarded for “practical” service for the local community. It could be a long-term charity or voluntary activity or an innovative job of relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that made a significant difference.
Royal Victorian Order (RVO)
An award given by the queen – usually to people who have helped her personally, such as royal family staff or British ambassadors.
The committee decides in which order someone should be a member.
Bath order – Senior officials and military officers
Order of St. Michael and St. George – Diplomats and people serving the United Kingdom abroad
Order of the British Empire – Anyone
Companion of Honor (prize) – Anyone
Royal Victorian Order – People who served the queen or monarchy in a personal way