Order of the British Empire

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Order of the British Empire

An order of chivalry established by King George V (UK) in 1917 to honour military and civil achievements. Those who receive GBE (Knight/Dame Grand Cross) or KBE/DBE (Knight/Dame Commander) of the OBE are allowed to use the pre-nominal Sir or Dame; all can use the post-nominal (GBE, KBE, DBE, CBE, OBE, or MBE). Top-tier professors and doctors in the UK are often honoured with an Order of the British Empire for services above and beyond the call of duty.

Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in descending order
GBE—Knight Grand Cross of the OBE or Dame Grand Cross of the OBE
KBE/DBE—Knight Commander of the OBE/Dame Commander of the OBE
CBE—Commander of the OBE
OBE—Officer of the OBE
MBE—Member of the OBE

OBE—Order of the British Empire
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In recognition of the unique role he played during the tragedy, he was named Time's 2001 Person of the Year and Queen Elizabeth II granted him an honorary title of Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Just last month, Hope, who was born in England, was invested as knight commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contributions to movies, music and the entertainment of armed troops.
General Clark's awards and honors include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, The State Department Distinguished Service Award, the US Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), The US Army Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), The Silver Star, the Legion of Merit (four awards), the Bronze Star (two awards), the Purple Heart, Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (UK), Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands), Commander of the Legion of Honor (France) and high-ranking awards from the governments of Germany, Spain, Canada, Belgium, Luxembourg, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Argentina and Morocco.
On Sunday, British Ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer will dub Hope an honorary knight - Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, by order of Queen Elizabeth II.
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