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Encyclopedia > Companion of Honour

The Order of the Companions of Honour is a British and Commonwealth Order (decoration). It was founded by King George V in June 1917, as a reward for outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry and religion.


The order consists of the Sovereign, plus no more than 65 Companions of Honour, with a quota of 45 members for the United Kingdom, 7 for Australia, 2 for New Zealand and 11 for other countries. Additional foreigners may be added as "honorary members". The order confers no knighthood or other status, but recipients of this one-class order are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "CH".


The insignia of the Order consists of an oval medallion with an oak tree, a shield with the royal arms hanging from one branch, and on the left a mounted knight in armour. The badge's clear blue border bears the motto IN ACTION FAITHFUL AND IN HONOUR CLEAR in gold letters, and the oval is surmounted by an imperial crown. Men wear the badge on a ribbon (red with golden border threads) around their necks, and women on a bow at the left shoulder.


See also the list of people who have declined a British honour.


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Order of the Companions of Honour - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (374 words)
The Order of the Companions of Honour is a British and Commonwealth Order (decoration).
The order consists of the Sovereign, plus no more than 65 Companions of Honour, with a quota of 45 members for the United Kingdom, 7 for Australia, 2 for New Zealand and 11 for other countries.
The badge's clear blue border bears the motto IN ACTION FAITHFUL AND IN HONOUR CLEAR in gold letters, and the oval is surmounted by an imperial crown.
Discourse.net: December 24, 2003 Archives (2337 words)
Honours and Honors: Why the UK's Honours System Is Under Attack, and What the US Can Learn From It The British press, and thus the British political class, are all in a lather about the Honours system; as a result of a pair of leaks, there is decent chance that the system will be reformed.
There are also two special, separate honours called the Order of Merit (OM) which is limited to 24 living recipients at any time, and the Companion of Honour (CH), which are even higher than knighthoods, but don’t work a change on the name of the recipient.
But in fact, the first leak revealed that refusing honours was much more common than anyone outside they system would have guessed, as it appears that some 300 people, a veritable honour role of leading figures in the arts and sciences, have refused the offer of honours in the last 50 years.
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