Order of the British Empire

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The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V.

The Order is composed of five classes in civil and military divisions.

The classes are, in descending order:

  • Knight Grand Cross (G.B.E.)
  • Knight Commander (K.B.E.)
  • Commander (C.B.E.)
  • Officer (O.B.E.)
  • Member (M.B.E.)


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