Published 1 February 2017

This year the Order of the British Empire marks its 100th anniversary and to mark this special occasion St Paul's Cathedral are hosting a service to celebrate the achievements of all those who have been appointed to the Order since it was founded in 1917.

The service, to be held on 24th May, will be attended by hundreds of people, from community workers to ground-breaking scientists, who have been appointed to the Order of the British Empire or who have received the British Empire Medal.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was instituted by King George V in 1917 to recognise the good work of non-military citizens. From 1918 the Order was divided into civil and military divisions, and is now designed to reward the inspiring work of people from all walks of life.

The British Empire Medal (BEM) was instituted in 1941, to reward deserving service in both civil and military fields.

Since then thousands of people have been rewarded for merit, service or bravery. Honours are given to deserving and high-achieving people from every section of life: from soldiers to community volunteers, performers and leaders of industry. 

How to apply for a ticket

Anyone who has been appointed to the Order of the British Empire or who has received the British Empire Medal is invited to apply for a ticket. To find out more, or to apply, please visit www.centralchancery.org.uk/Home/OBE or email service@ccok.org.uk.