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Orders

At the time of the Commonwealth Declaration in 1949, only the British honours system existed to recognise service and achievement within Commonwealth countries. This system is still used in the United Kingdom and in a number of The Queen’s other realms.

Over the past 60 years, many nations of the Commonwealth have developed their own indigenous Orders as part of an honours system. Where The Queen is Head of State, Her Majesty is often the Sovereign of the Order and has her own badges that have been specially designed for her to wear. Other nations have established their own honours system – often at the time of Independence – and over time have awarded their honours to The Queen.

Indigenous designs and colours have been adopted in the insignia of these new Orders – in Canada, a snowflake; Australia, the wattle flower and kangaroo; and Maori designs in New Zealand.

During a Commonwealth tour, on occasions such as an official banquet, Her Majesty usually wears the Order that she has received from the host country.

Antigua

Australian

Botswanan

Bruneien

Canadian

Canadian

Dominican

Gambian

Ghanaian

Kenyan

Malawi

Malaysian

Maldives

Maltese

Maltese

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

Nigerian

Papua New Guinean

Singaporean

Order

Solomon Islands

South African

Trinidad & Tobago