The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations and public
service outside the Civil Service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V and comprises five classes, in civil and military divisions, the most senior two of which make the
recipient either a knight if male, or dame if female. People who have received this honour include Andy Murray, Cilla Black and Vera Lynn.