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The Order of the Companions of Honour is a British and Commonwealth Order. It was founded by King George V in June 1917, as a reward for outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry, or religion. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... An Order is a decoration, awarded by a government to an individual, usually for distinguished service to a nation or to humanity. ... George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 - 20 January 1936) was the first British monarch belonging to the House of Windsor, as a result of his creating it from the British branch of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... The Arts is a broad subdivision of culture, comprised of many expressive disciplines. ... Old book bindings at the Merton College library. ... // Music is an art form consisting of sound and silence expressed through time. ... Part of a scientific laboratory at the University of Cologne. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Politics is the process by which groups of people make decisions. ...


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[citation needed]. Additionally, 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". This is a list of British monarchs, that is, the monarchs on the thrones of some of the various kingdoms that have existed on, or incorporated, the island of Great Britain, namely: England (united with Wales from 1536) up to 1707; Scotland up to 1707; The Kingdom of Great Britain... Post-nominal letters also called Post-nominal initials or Post-nominal titles are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, educational degree, accreditation, office, or honour. ...


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. The Royal Arms as used in England, Wales and Northern Ireland The Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom is the official coat of arms of the British monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II. These arms are used by the Queen in her official capacity as monarch, and are officially... The silver Anglia knight, commissioned as a trophy in 1850, intended to represent the Black Prince. ... A crown is a symbolic form of headgear worn by a monarch or by a god, for whom the crown is traditionally one of the symbols of power and legitimacy (See Regalia for a broader treatment). ...


Current members

Lord Tweedsmuir as Governor General of Canada wearing the Companion of Honour badge around his neck

Baron Tweedsmuir in uniform, from National Archieves of Canada, copyright expired This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Baron Tweedsmuir in uniform, from National Archieves of Canada, copyright expired This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, GCMG, GCVO, CH, PC (26 August 1875 – 11 February 1940), was a Scottish novelist and Unionist politician who served as Governor General of Canada. ... The Governor General of Canada (French: Gouverneure générale du Canada or Gouverneur général du Canada) is the vice-regal representative in Canada of the Canadian Monarch, who is Canadas Head of State; Canada is one of sixteen Commonwealth realms, all of which share a single... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... Jack Ashley, Baron Ashley of Stoke, CH PC (born 6 December 1922), is a Labour member of the House of Lords. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the former Prime Minister of Australia; for the Western Australian public servant, see Malcolm Fraser (surveyor). ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the 1976 Gregorian calendar. ... Edward Watson Short, Baron Glenamara (born 17 December 1912), is a former Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne, who was a minister during the Labour Governments of Harold Wilson. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the 1976 Gregorian calendar. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Denis Winston Healey, Baron Healey, CH, MBE, PC (born 30 August 1917), is a British Labour politician, regarded by some (especially in the Labour Party) as the best Prime Minister we never had.[1] Denis Healey was born in Mottingham in Kent but in 1922 at the age of five... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The Right Honourable Sir Brian Edward Talboys AC, CH, KCB, (7 June 1921-) was a New Zealand politician. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Rt Hon Doug Anthony John Douglas Anthony, AC, CH (born 31 December 1929), Australian politician, was born in Murwillumbah in northern New South Wales. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Frederick Sanger, OM, CH, CBE, FRS (born 13 August 1918) is an English biochemist and a two time Nobel laureate in Chemistry. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Lord Carrington wearing his robes as a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter, in procession to St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle for the annual service of the Order of the Garter. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Lucian Michael Freud, OM, CH (born 8 December 1922) is a British painter and printmaker. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Norman Beresford Tebbit, Baron Tebbit, CH, PC (born 29 March 1931) is a British Conservative politician and former Member of Parliament (MP) for Chingford, who was born in Southgate in Enfield. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, (born 8 January 1942) is a British theoretical physicist. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Kenneth Baker Kenneth Wilfrid Baker, Baron Baker of Dorking, CH, PC, (born November 3, 1934), is a British politician, and former Conservative MP. Son of a civil servant, he was educated at Hampton Grammar school between 1946 and 1948 and thereafter at St Pauls School, London and Magdalen College... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The Right Honourable Peter Leonard Brooke, Baron Brooke of Sutton Mandeville, PC (born March 3, 1934), is a British politician, a former Conservative Cabinet member, and former member of Parliament for the constituency of Cities of London & Westminster. He is the son of Henry Brooke, Baron Brooke of Cumnor, a... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... G-Unit member Thomas Jeremy King, Baron King of Bridgwater, CH , PC (born June 13, 1933), Educated Sheriff House, Rugby School, is a British Conservative politician who was Member of Parliament for Bridgwater in Somerset, from 1970 until 2001. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Janet Baker as Mary Stuart The British mezzo-soprano Janet Baker (born August 21, 1933) is a well-known opera, concert, and lieder singer. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... David Anthony Llewellyn Owen, Baron Owen, CH, PC (born July 2, 1938) is a British politician, Chancellor of the University of Liverpool and one of the founders of the British Social Democratic Party (SDP). ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Douglas Richard Hurd, Baron Hurd of Westwell, CH, CBE, PC (born 8 March 1930), is a senior British Conservative politician and novelist, who served in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major between 1979 and his retirement in 1995. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Sir David Frederick Attenborough, OM, CH, CVO, CBE, FRS (born on 8 May 1926 in London, England) is one of the worlds best known broadcasters and naturalists. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Richard Edward Geoffrey Howe, Baron Howe of Aberavon, CH, PC, QC (born 20 December 1926), known until 1992 as Sir Geoffrey Howe, is a senior British Conservative politician. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine, Baron Heseltine, CH, PC (born 21 March 1933) is a British businessman and Conservative Party politician. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... We Two Boys Together Clinging, 1961. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Peter Stephen Paul Brook CH CBE (born 21 March 1925) is a highly influential British theatrical producer and director. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Eric John Earnest Hobsbawm CH (born June 8, 1917 in Alexandria, Egypt) is a British Marxist historian and author. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Sir John Major, KG, CH (born 29 March 1943) is a former British politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the British Conservative Party from 1990 to 1997. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Christopher Francis Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes, CH, PC (born 12 May 1944 in Bath, Somerset) is a prominent British Conservative politician and a Patron of the Tory Reform Group. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Movement in Squares, 1961. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... John de Chastelain General Alfred John Gardyne Drummond de Chastelain, OC, CMM, CD, CH, LL.D., BA (born July 30, 1937) is a retired Canadian soldier and diplomat. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Doris Lessing, CH, OBE (born October 22, 1919), is a British writer, born Doris May Taylor in Kermanshah, Persia (Iran). ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Rev Edward Chad Varah CH CBE (born November 12, 1911) is a British priest known as the founder of The Samaritans (now known just as Samaritans) in 1953, the worlds first crisis hotline organisation, offering non-religious telephone counselling to those contemplating suicide. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sir Harrison Paul Birtwistle, CH (born July 15, 1934) is a British composer, widely seen as one of the most significant modern composers from that country. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Sir Colin Rex Davis, CH, CBE was born September 25, 1927 in Weybridge, Surrey, UK. Davis studied the clarinet at the Royal College of Music in London, where he was barred from taking conducting lessons owing to his lack of ability at the piano. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... David Paul Scofield, CH, CBE (born 21 January 1922) is a British actor who was born in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, England. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Sir Michael Eliot Howard, OM, CH, KBE, MC (born 29 November 1922) is a retired British military historian, formerly Chichele Professor of the History of War and Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford University. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Harold Pinter, CH, CBE (born 10 October 1930) is an English playwright, screenwriter, poet, actor, director, author, and political activist, best known for his plays The Birthday Party (1957), The Caretaker (1959), The Homecoming (1964), and Betrayal (1978), and also for his screenplay adaptations of novels by others, such as... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... David Hugh Alexander Hannay, Baron Hannay of Chiswick, GCMG CH (born 28 September 1935) is a British diplomat. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sir Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin (born August 6, 1932) is a British painter and printmaker. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... James Lovelock in front of a statue of Gaia in 2000 Dr James Ephraim Lovelock, CH, CBE, FRS (born 26 July 1919) is an independent scientist, author, researcher, environmentalist, and futurologist who lives in Cornwall, in the south west of Great Britain. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sir Alan Charles Maclaurin Mackerras, AC, CH, CBE (born November 17, 1925) is an Australian conductor. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sir Denis Mahon is a collector and historian of Italian art born in London, England, on November 8, 1910. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dan McKenzie, CH, FRS ( 1942) is a Professor of Geophysics at Cambridge University, and one-time head of the Bullard Laboratories. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA, (born 9 December 1934), usually known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Tony, three-time BAFTA, and six-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning English actress. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dr. Anthony James Pawson Anthony James Pawson, O.C., Ph. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is 李 (Li) Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; born September 16, 1923; also spelled Lee Kwan-Yew), was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from 1959 to 1990. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bernard Johan Herman Haitink CH KBE (born March 4, 1929) is a Dutch conductor. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...

See also

British honours system
Current Orders
Garter | Thistle | Bath | St Michael and St George | Distinguished Service | Royal Victorian | Merit | Imperial Service | British Empire | Companions of Honour
Old Orders

St Patrick | Royal Guelphic | Star of India | Indian Empire | British India | Indian Merit | Crown of India | Victoria and Albert | Burma Below is a list of Members of the Order of the Companions of Honour from the orders creation in 1917 until the present day: 1917: Jan Smuts, Henry Gosling, The Most Hon. ... This is an incomplete list of people who have been created honorary Knights (or Dames) by the British crown, as well as those who have been raised to the two comparable Orders of Chivalry (Order of Merit and Order of the Companions of Honour) and the Royal Victorian Chain, which... The following is a partial list of people who have declined a British honour, such as a knighthood or an honour usually within the Order of the British Empire. ... The British honours system is a means of rewarding individuals personal bravery, achievement or service to the United Kingdom. ... The insignia of a knight of the Order of the Garter. ... James VII ordained the modern Order. ... Badge of a Companion of the Order of the Bath (Military Division) The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (formerly The Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath)[1] is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. ... On the Orders insignia, St Michael is often depicted subduing Satan. ... DSO medal The Distinguished Service Order (DSO) is a military decoration of the United Kingdom, and formerly of other Commonwealth countries, awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically in actual combat. ... Queen Victoria founded the Royal Victorian Order. ... The Order of Merit is a British and Commonwealth Order bestowed by the Monarch. ... The Imperial Service Order was established by King Edward VII in August 1902. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... The Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick is an order of chivalry associated with Ireland. ... The Royal Guelphic Order, sometimes also referred to as the Hanoverian Guelphic Order, was a British order of chivalry instituted on 28 April 1815 by the Prince Regent (later George IV). ... Insignia of a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India. ... The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire is an order of chivalry founded by Victoria in 1877. ... Order Of British India First Class Order Of British India Second Class // History The Medal was originally instituted by the East India Company on the 18th of April 1837 for long, faithful and honourable service. ... // History The medal was first introduced by the East India Company in 1837. ... The Imperial Order of the Crown of India is an order in the British honours system. ... The Royal Order of Victoria and Albert was a British Royal Family Order instituted in 1862 by Queen Victoria, and enlarged on 10 October 1864, 15 November 1865 and 15 March 1880. ...

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The Order of the Companions of Honour is a British and Commonwealth Order.
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.
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