Orders and Decorations Conferred by The Crown

Crown Honours follow immediately after the abbreviations Bt (Baronet) and Esq (if applicable). If an individual has more than one set of letters after their name, the letters should appear in this order:

Crown honours: precedence of letters:

VC

Victoria Cross

GC

George Cross

KG/LG

Knight of the Garter; Lady of the Garter

KT/LT

Knight of the Thistle; Lady of the Thistle

GCB

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

OM

Order of Merit

GCSI

Knight Grand Commander of the Star of India (no longer conferred)

GCMG

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George

GCIE

Knight Grand Commander of the Indian Empire (no longer conferred)

VA

Order of Victoria and Albert (no longer conferred)

CI

Order of the Crown of India (no longer conferred)

GCVO

Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order

GBE

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire

CH

Companion of Honour

KCB/DCB

Knight/Dame Commander of the Bath

KCSI

Knight Commander of the Star of India (no longer conferred)

KCMG/DCMG

Knight/Dame Commander of St Michael and St George

KCIE

Knight Commander of the Indian Empire (no longer conferred)

KCVO/DCVO

Knight/Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

KBE/DBE

Knight/Dame Commander of the British Empire

CB

Companion of the Order of the Bath

CSI

Companion of the Order of the Star of India (no longer conferred)

CMG

Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

CIE

Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (no longer conferred)

CVO

Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

CBE

Commander of the Order of the British Empire

DSO

Distinguished Service Order

LVO

Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order

OBE

Officer of the Order of the British Empire

ISO

Imperial Service Order

MVO

Member of the Royal Victorian Order

MBE

Member of the Order of the British Empire

IOM

Indian Order of Merit (no longer conferred)

RRC

Royal Red Cross

DSC

Distinguished Service Cross

MC

Military Cross

DFC

Distinguished Flying Cross

AFC

Air Force Cross

ARRC

Associate Royal Red Cross

OBI

Order of British India (no longer conferred)

DCM

Distinguished Conduct Medal

CGM

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

GM

George Medal

IDSM

Indian Distinguished Service Medal (no longer conferred)

DSM

Distinguished Service Medal

MM

Military Medal

DFM

Distinguished Flying Medal

AFM

Air Force Medal

SGM

Medal for Saving Life at Sea

IOM

Indian Order of Merit (no longer conferred)

CPM

Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry

QGM

Queen's Gallantry Medal

BEM

British Empire Medal

KPM

King's Police Medal (no longer conferred)

KPFSM

King's Police and Fire Service Medal (no longer conferred)

QPM

Queen's Police Medal

QFSM

Queen's Fire Service Medal

CPM

Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service

ERD

Army Emergency Reserve Decoration

VD

Volunteer Officer's Decoration

TD

Territorial Decoration

ED

Efficiency Decoration

RD

Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve

VRD

Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

AE

Air Efficiency Award

CD

Canadian Forces Decoration

See The Honours System

Commonwealth Orders

Some Commonwealth countries have their own honours system and orders and decorations, including Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Canada, Jamaica and New Zealand. Further information may be obtained from the respective Office of the Governor General or equivalent Head of State.

See Order of Australia

Order of New Zealand

Order of Canada

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