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The Order of the Companions of Honour
Order of the Companions of Honour
is an order of the Commonwealth realms. It was founded in June 1917 by King George V
George V
as a reward for outstanding achievements and is "conferred upon a limited number of persons for whom this special distinction seems to be the most appropriate form of recognition, constituting an honour disassociated either from the acceptance of title or the classification of merit."[1] Founded on the same date as the Order of the British Empire,[1] it is sometimes regarded as the junior order to the Order of Merit.[2] Now described as "awarded for having a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time",[3] the first recipients, were all decorated for "services in connection with the war" and were listed in The London Gazette
The London Gazette
in August 1917 with the award taking effect from 4 June 1917.[4] The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court is now the Chapel of the Order.[5]

Contents

1 Composition 2 Insignia 3 Current Companions

3.1 Honorary Companions

4 See also 5 Notes 6 References

Composition[edit] The order consists of the Sovereign and a maximum 65 members. Additionally, foreigners or Commonwealth citizens from outside the realms may be added as honorary members. Membership confers no title or precedence, but those inducted into the single-class order are entitled to use the post-nominal letters CH. Appointments can be made on the advice of Commonwealth realm
Commonwealth realm
prime ministers.[2] For Canadians, the advice to the Sovereign can come from a variety of officials.[6] Originally, the order was limited to 50 ordinary members, but in 1943 it was enlarged to 65, with a quota of 45 members for the United Kingdom, seven for Australia, two each for New Zealand and South Africa, and 9 for India, Burma, and the colonies. The quota numbers were altered in 1970 to 47 for the United Kingdom, 7 for Australia, 2 for New Zealand, and 9 for other Commonwealth realms. The quota was adjusted again in 1975 by adding 2 places to the New Zealand quota and reducing the 9 for the other countries to 7.[7] While able to nominate candidates to the Order, New Zealand and Australia
Australia
have effectively stopped the allocation of this award to their citizens in preference to their national awards. As of 2016 those countries have nominated only politicians who have served as Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister. Insignia[edit] The insignia of the order is in the form of an oval medallion, surmounted by an imperial crown, and with a rectangular panel within, depicting on it an oak tree, a shield with the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
hanging from one branch, and, on the left, a mounted knight in armour. The insignia's blue border bears in gold letters the motto IN ACTION FAITHFUL AND IN HONOUR CLEAR, Alexander Pope's description (in iambic pentameter) in his Epistle to Mr Addison of James Craggs, later used on Craggs' monument in Westminster Abbey. Men wear the badge on a neck ribbon (red with golden border threads) and women on a bow at the left shoulder. Current Companions[edit]

Sovereign

Queen Elizabeth II

Member number[n 1] Name Post-nominals Known for Date of appointment Age

01 (237) Sir Michael Somare GCL, GCMG, CH, PC, MP Former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea 3 June 1978 81

02 (246) Doug Anthony AC, CH, PC Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia 31 December 1981 88

03 (249) The Lord Carrington KG, GCMG, CH, MC, PC, DL Politician 11 June 1983 98

04 (265) Sydney Brenner CH, FRS, FMedSci Biologist 31 December 1986 91

05 (267) The Lord Tebbit CH, PC Politician 31 July 1987 87

06 (270) The Lord Baker of Dorking CH, PC Politician 13 April 1992 83

07 (271) The Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville CH, PC Politician 13 April 1992 84

08 (278) The Lord King of Bridgwater CH, PC Politician 13 April 1992 84

09 (282) Dame Janet Baker CH, DBE Opera singer 31 December 1993 84

10 (287) The Lord Owen CH, PC Politician 11 June 1994 79

11 (289) Sir David Attenborough OM, CH, CVO, CBE Broadcaster and naturalist 30 December 1995 91

12 (291) The Lord Hurd of Westwell CH, CBE, PC Politician 30 December 1995 88

13 (294) David Hockney OM, CH Artist 14 June 1997 80

14 (296) The Lord Heseltine CH, PC Politician 2 August 1997 85

15 (297) The Lord Patten of Barnes CH, PC Politician and former Governor of Hong Kong 31 December 1997 73

16 (298) Peter Brook CH, CBE Theatre director 13 June 1998 93

17 (299) Sir John Major KG, CH, PC Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 31 December 1998 75

18 (300) Bridget Riley CH, CBE Artist 31 December 1998 86

19 (305) John de Chastelain CC, CMM, CD, CH Canadian general and diplomat 31 December 1998 80

20 (311) Sir Harrison Birtwistle CH Composer 30 December 2000 83

21 (312) Sir Michael Howard OM, CH, CBE, MC, FBA Historian 15 June 2002 95

22 (316) James Lovelock CH, CBE, FRS Scientist and environmentalist 31 December 2002 98

23 (317) Dan McKenzie CH, FRS Geophysicist 14 June 2003 76

24 (318) The Lord Hannay of Chiswick GCMG, CH Diplomat 14 June 2003 72

25 (320) Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE Actress 11 June 2005 83

26 (321) Sir Ian McKellen CH, CBE Actor 31 December 2007 78

27 (322) The Lord Rogers of Riverside CH, FRIBA, FREng, RA Architect 14 June 2008 84

28 (323) The Lord Howard of Lympne CH, QC, PC Politician 11 June 2011 76

29 (324) The Lord Young of Cookham Bt, CH, PC Politician 20 September 2012 76

30 (325) The Lord Coe CH, KBE Athlete, politician, organiser of 2012 Olympics 29 December 2012 61

31 (326) Peter Higgs CH, FRS Physicist 29 December 2012 88

32 (327) The Lord Strathclyde CH, PC Politician 7 January 2013 58

33 (328) The Lord Campbell of Pittenweem CH, CBE, PC, QC Politician 15 June 2013 76

34 (329) Sir Nicholas Serota CH Curator 15 June 2013 71

35 (331) The Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve CH, CBE, FBA, FRS, FMedSci Philosopher 31 December 2013 76

36 (332) Dame Maggie Smith CH, DBE Actress 14 June 2014 83

37 (333) Kenneth Clarke CH, QC, PC, MP Politician 22 July 2014 77

38 (334) The Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG, CH, KBE, PC Politician 1 January 2015 77

39 (336) Dame Mary Peters CH, DBE Athlete 1 January 2015 78

40 (337) The Lord Young of Graffham CH, PC, DL Politician 1 January 2015 86

41 (339) The Lord Woolf CH, PC, FBA, FMedSci Judge 12 June 2015 84

42 (341) Sir Roy Strong CH, FRSL Art historian, museum director 1 January 2016 82

43 (342) Dame Vera Lynn CH, DBE Singer 11 June 2016 101

44 (343) The Lord Smith of Kelvin KT, CH Businessman 11 June 2016 73

45 (344) The Baroness Amos CH, PC Politician and diplomat 11 June 2016 64

46 (345) George Osborne CH, PC Politician and Former Chancellor of the Exchequer 4 August 2016 46

47 (347) Sir Richard Eyre CH, CBE Director 31 December 2016 75

48 (348) Dame Evelyn Glennie CH, DBE Percussionist 31 December 2016 52

49 (349) Sir Alec Jeffreys CH, FRS Geneticist 31 December 2016 68

50 (350) The Baroness Warnock CH, DBE, FBA, FMedSci Philosopher 31 December 2016 93

51 (351) The Baroness Williams of Crosby CH, PC Politician 31 December 2016 87

52 (352) Sir Terence Conran CH Designer 16 June 2017 86

53 (353) Sir Mark Elder CH, CBE Conductor 16 June 2017 70

54 (354) Dame Beryl Grey CH, DBE Dancer 16 June 2017 90

55 (355) Sir Paul McCartney CH, MBE Musician 16 June 2017 75

56 (356) J. K. Rowling CH, OBE Author 16 June 2017 52

57 (357) Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, DBE, FREng Entrepreneur and philanthropist 16 June 2017 84

58 (358) Delia Smith CH, CBE Cook and writer 16 June 2017 76

59 (359) The Lord Stern of Brentford CH, FRS, FBA Economist 16 June 2017 71

60 (361) The Lord Bragg CH, FRS, FBA, FRSL Broadcaster 30 December 2017 78

61 (362) Lady Antonia Fraser CH, DBE, FRSL Author 30 December 2017 85

62 (363) Margaret MacMillan CC, CH Historian 30 December 2017 74

Honorary Companions[edit]

Member number Name Post-nominals Known for Date of appointment Age

1 (261) Amartya Sen CH Economist 11 May 2000 84

2 (304) Bernard Haitink CH, KBE Conductor 12 June 2002 89

3 (340) Desmond Tutu CH Social rights activist and clergyman 30 November 2015 86

See also[edit]

List of Members of the Order of the Companions of Honour List of honorary British knights and dames List of people who have declined a British honour

Notes[edit]

^ The number shown in brackets is the individual's place in the wider sequence of appointment since the Order's inception.

References[edit]

^ a b "A New Order". The Times. 25 August 1917. p. 7. (Subscription required (help)).  ^ a b "The Monarch of the Today > Queen Ann arbor to the new one w public > Honours > Companions of Honour". Royal.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 23 December 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2011.  ^ "The honours system: Types of honours and awards". UK Government. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.  ^ "No. 30250". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 24 August 1917. p. 8799.  ^ http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/event/the-queen-duke-of-edinburgh-attend-evensong-in-celebration-of-the-centenary-of-the-order-of-the-companions-of-honour-700063722#dame-judi-dench-arrives-to-attend-evensong-at-the-chapel-royal-court-picture-id695723388 ^ McCreery, Christopher (2005a). The Canadian Honours System. Toronto: Dundurn Press. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-55002-554-5.  ^ Rayment, Leigh. "Companions of Honour". Archived from the original on 26 September 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 

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Orders, decorations, and medals of the United Kingdom

Orders

Current

Garter Thistle Bath Merit St Michael and St George Royal Victorian Distinguished Service British Empire Imperial Service Companions of Honour St John

Dormant

St Patrick Royal Guelphic Crown of India Star of India Indian Empire Indian Merit British India Burma

Other

Royal Victorian Chain Hereditary peerage Life peerage Privy Counsellor Baronet Knight
Knight
Bachelor Aide-de-camp
Aide-de-camp
(ADC) Honours of other Commonwealth realms

Current awards

Level 1

Victoria Cross
Victoria Cross
(VC) George Cross
George Cross
(GC)

Level 2A

Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Service Order
(DSO) Conspicuous Gallantry Cross
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross
(CGC) Royal Red Cross
Royal Red Cross
Class I (RRC)

Level 2B

George Medal
George Medal
(GM) Queen's Police Medal, for Gallantry (QPM) Queen's Fire Service Medal, for Gallantry (QFSM)

Level 3A

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Military Cross
Military Cross
(MC) Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Air Force Cross (AFC) Royal Red Cross
Royal Red Cross
Class II (ARRC)

Level 3B

Constabulary Medal (Ireland) Sea Gallantry Medal (SGM) Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM) Royal Victorian Medal (RVM) British Empire Medal
British Empire Medal
(BEM) Queen's Police Medal, for Distinguished Service (QPM) Queen's Fire Service Medal, for Distinguished Service (QFSM) Queen's Ambulance Service Medal (QAM) Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal
Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal
(QVRM) Polar Medal (PM) Imperial Service Medal
Imperial Service Medal
(ISM) Overseas Territories Police Medal
Overseas Territories Police Medal
(CPM) Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service

Level 4

Mentioned in Despatches Queen's Commendation for Bravery Queen's Commendation for Bravery
Queen's Commendation for Bravery
in the Air Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

Other

Badge of Honour

Obsolete awards

Level 1

Indian Order of Merit
Order of Merit
(First Class) (IOM) Albert Medal (1st class) (AM) Edward Medal
Edward Medal
(1st class) (EM) Empire Gallantry Medal
Empire Gallantry Medal
(EGM)

Level 2A

Indian Order of Merit
Order of Merit
(Second Class) (IOM) Distinguished Conduct Medal
Distinguished Conduct Medal
(DCM) Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
(CGM) Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
(Flying) (CGM)

Level 2B

Albert Medal (2nd class) (AM) Edward Medal
Edward Medal
(2nd class) (EM) Union of South Africa
South Africa
King's Medal for Bravery, Gold

Level 3A

Order of British India
India
(First Class) (OBI) Order of British India
India
(Second Class) (OBI) Indian Order of Merit
Order of Merit
(Third Class) (IOM) Royal West African Frontier Force Distinguished Conduct Medal King's African Rifles Distinguished Conduct Medal Indian Distinguished Service Medal (IDSM) Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) Military Medal
Military Medal
(MM) Distinguished Flying Medal
Distinguished Flying Medal
(DFM) Air Force Medal
Air Force Medal
(AFM) Burma Gallantry Medal (BGM)

Level 3B

Union of South Africa
South Africa
Queen's Medal for Bravery (Silver) Kaisar-i-Hind Medal
Kaisar-i-Hind Medal
(Gold, Silver, Bronze) Indian Police Medal, for Gallantry Ceylon Police Medal, for Gallantry Sierra Leone Police Medal, for Gallantry Sierra Leone Fire Brigades Medal, for Gallantry Colonial Police Medal, for Gallantry (CPM) Canada
Canada
Medal (CM) Queen's Medal for Chiefs Indian Police Medal, for Meritorious Service Ceylon Police Medal, for Merit Sierra Leone Police Medal, for Meritorious Service Sierra Leone Fire Brigades Medal, for Meritorious Service

Level 4

King's/Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct King's/ Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
in the Air

Royal family orders

King George IV Victoria and Albert King Edward VII King George V King George VI Queen Elizabeth II

See also British campaign medals Revocations

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Orders, decorations, and medals of Canada

Awards of valour

Victoria Cross Cross of Valour

National orders

Order of Canada Order of Military Merit Order of Merit
Order of Merit
of the Police Forces

Dynastic orders

Order of Merit Royal Victorian Order Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem

Provincial orders

Alberta Order of Excellence Order of British Columbia Order of Manitoba Order of New Brunswick Order of Newfoundland and Labrador Order of Nova Scotia Order of Ontario Order of Prince Edward Island National Order of Quebec Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Territorial orders

Order of the Northwest Territories Order of Nunavut Yukon Territory Order of Polaris

Other decorations and medals

Royal Victorian Chain Decorations War and operational service medals Special
Special
service medals United Nations medals NATO medals International mission medals Commemorative medals Long service and good conduct medals Exemplary service medals Special
Special
Medals

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Former decorations of Australia

Australian Honours Order of Precedence prior to 6 October 1992

Orders of chivalry

Most Honourable Order of the Bath

Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
(GCB) Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
(KCB/DCB) Companion of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
(CB)

Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George

Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG/DCMG) Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Order of St Michael and St George
(CMG)

Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

/ Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(GBE) / Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(KBE/DBE) / Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(CBE) / Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(OBE) / Member of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(MBE)

Imperial Service Order

Companion of the Imperial Service Order
Imperial Service Order
(ISO)

Order of the Companions of Honour

Companion of the Order of the Companions of Honour
Companion of the Order of the Companions of Honour
(CH)

Miscellaneous

Hereditary peer Life peer Baronet Knight
Knight
Bachelor

Military gallantry/bravery decorations

In the face of the enemy

Victoria Cross
Victoria Cross
(VC) Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Service Order
(DSO) Distinguished Conduct Medal
Distinguished Conduct Medal
(DCM) Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
(CGM) Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
(Flying) (CGM) Military Cross
Military Cross
(MC) Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Military Medal
Military Medal
(MM) Distinguished Flying Medal
Distinguished Flying Medal
(DFM) Mentioned in dispatches

Not the face of the enemy

Air Force Cross (AFC) Air Force Medal
Air Force Medal
(AFM) Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct

Distinguished service decorations

In the face of the enemy

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)

Not the face of the enemy

Queen's Police Medal
Queen's Police Medal
for Distinguished Service (QPM) Queen's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service (QFSM)

Civil bravery decorations

George Cross
George Cross
(GC) Albert Medal, First Class (AM) Albert Medal, First Class (Sea) (AM) Albert Medal, Second Class (AM) Albert Medal, Second Class (Sea) (AM) George Medal
George Medal
(GM) Queen's Police Medal
Queen's Police Medal
for Gallantry (QPM) Queen's Fire Service Medal for Gallantry (QFSM) Sea Gallantry Medal (SGM) Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM) Edward Medal
Edward Medal
(EM) Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct

Nursing service

Member of the Royal Red Cross
Royal Red Cross
(RRC) Associate of the Royal Red Cross
Royal Red Cross
(ARRC)

Meritorious service

/ British Empire Medal
British Empire Medal
(BEM) Queen's Commendation for Valu

.