The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - Knight/Dame Grand Cross (GBE)

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - Knight/Dame Grand Cross GBE - was instituted in June 1917 by King George V for civilian and wartime service and gallantry in war, currently for meritorious service to government. In 1918 a military division was added. There are five classes: Knight/Dame Grand Cross – GBE, Knight/Dame Commander - KBE/DBE, Commander - CBE, Officer – OBE, and Member - MBE. Conferment of the two highest classes entails admission into knighthood, non-British citizens who receive the Order are known as "honorary member".

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