The Most Excellent Order of The British Empire

To see the latest newsletter about the Order please click here.

The Gazette, which is the UK’s Official Public Record and the oldest continuously published newspaper, is the place where the announcement of your award was first formall. Information regarding purchasing copies of your record can be obtained via this link

The Statutes of the Order is attached for your here

There are a range of items that the Officials have approved for sale by various companies to members and Medallists of the Order: • A range of items, depicting the Badge of the Order, have been produced with a view to using the proceeds from sales towards the maintenance of the Chapel. These include an Emblem for everyday wear by members and Medallists of the Order and can be purchased. It should be stressed that the items included in the attaced link are the only ones which have the formal approval of the Officials of the Order. Items can be purchased via this link

On 15th December 2017, The Reverend Canon Professor Peter J Galloway OBE published the new History of the Order following its original publication in 1996. Please click here to view, click here.

Copies of the new History of the Order are obtainable from:

Worcestershire Medal Service Ltd, 56 Broad Street, Sidemoor, Bromsgrove, B61 8LL via this link or telephone 01527 835 375.

It may also be ordered through all good bookstores. ISBN: 9780995553132 Price £39.99

Members and Medallists of the Order are entitled to use the Chapel as follows:

• Memorial Services – for Knights and Dames Grand Cross only. Notification required by the Cathedral is approximately three months.
• Weddings – for members and Medallists of the Order or their children only. It is necessary to obtain the Archbishop’s Special Licence. Services of Prayer and Dedication (Blessings) may only be conducted at the Dean’s discretion.
• Baptisms – for members and Medallists of the Order, their children or grandchildren only.

Weddings and Baptisms are held on a limited number of Saturdays and there is usually quite a long waiting list. All services are conducted according to the rites of the Church of England. Please note step-children may also be married or baptised as long as their parent is married to the member or Medallist of the Order.

For all the above, application must be made in writing by the award holder to: The Registrar of the Order of the British Empire, St. James’s Palace, London, SW1A 1BH. or email mailto:

The Chapel of the Order of the British Empire has been used and visited by many thousands of people over the years. The daily upkeep and maintenance of the Chapel is provided by the very generous support of members and Medallists of the Order. The Order is also contributing towards a project by the Cathedral Authorities, for a permanent access ramp in the North Transept for all visitors to enter together without the need of special arrangements for disabled visitors. Details are in the enclosed brochure, Ramp and Accessibility Appeal click here.

The Chapel Fund covers the day to day expenditure which does not, as you will appreciate, cover the cost of maintaining the Chapel and running the Services of the Order. Any donations are greatly received. In most cases, the Chapel Fund will be able to reclaim the standard rate of tax on your gift from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs should you complete a Gift Aid Declaration. This will increase the value of your gift to the Fund. If you would like to make a donation the Chapel Fund please complete the attached,click here

If you hold an appointment in the Order of the British Empire, or hold the Medal of the Order and would like to update your details, click here.

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The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood
St James's Palace

Telephone Number 0207 024 5761/5762/5763