Orders, decorations, and medals of the United Kingdom

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The British honours system is a means of rewarding individuals' personal bravery, achievement, or service to the United Kingdom. The system consists of three types of award: honours, decorations and medals:

  • Honours are used to recognise merit in terms of achievement and service.
  • Decorations tend to be used to recognise specific deeds.
  • Medals are used to recognise bravery, long and/or valuable service and/or good conduct.


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