What is an MBE award in the United Kingdom?

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In England, an MBE award can be given to any person, regardless of citizenship, who is deemed to have performed a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community. "MBE" stands for "Member of the Order of the British Empire."

Member is one of several ranks in the Order of the British Empire, which, according to the website of the British Monarchy, "recognizes distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organizations of all kinds." Other ranks in the Order, which was created in 1917 by King George V, include Knight/Dame Grand Cross, Knight/Dame Commander, Commander and Officer.

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