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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The former chairwoman of Sport Scotland, Louise Martin, who brought the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow in 2014, was awarded the honour of Dame Commander of the British Empire for her services to sport.
In 2000, she was appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire and was posthumously honoured by the Booker Prize committee in 2011.
Emma Thompson stands outside Buckingham Palace, London, after being made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by Prince William on Wednesday Nov.
The ceremony officially made her a Dame Commander of the British Empire -- the female equivalent of a knighthood -- for her services to drama.
Dame Hilary Mantel holding her Dame Commander of the British Empire medal yesterday
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Tanni, who becomes a Dame Commander of the British Empire alongside athlete Kelly Holmes, has already received an MBE from the Queen and the OBE from Prince Charles.
She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1982 and last year sang at Buckingham Palace as part of the celebrations for the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
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LIZ Taylor said that she was completely surprised to be appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire.
Mrs Mills was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace yesterday.