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UK rules on the acceptance of foreign awards

UK citizens need to have Her Majesty The Queen's permission to accept and wear a foreign award. This permission will only be given if the award meets the UK Rules on the acceptance of foreign awards.

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UK citizens need to have Her Majesty The Queen’s permission to accept and wear a foreign award. This permission will only be given if the award meets the UK Rules on the acceptance of foreign awards. The award should be for service to the foreign state within the past five years. Crown servants are not normally awarded permission to accept and wear foreign awards.

When a foreign government wishes to bestow one of their awards on a UK citizen, their Embassy in London should contact the FCO’s Royal Households and Honours Secretariat with the relevant details. Providing the award meets the rules, the Secretariat will issue clearance for the individual concerned to accept the award.

Royal Households and Honours Secretariat also seek the Queen’s permission for the individual to wear a foreign award, once it has been cleared and presented.