Brian May Clarifies What Roger Taylor’s Award Means
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Brian May Explains It For Us
Her Majesty The Queen recently appointed Queen drummer Roger Taylor as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to music. Bandmate Brian May was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire back in 2005.
On December 28, 2019, May posted on Instagram an explanation about this prestigious award and what it means for Taylor. He wrote: “Congratulations Rog OBE !!! ???? What does OBE mean ? Well, for all you non-Brits, let me explain. The letters stand for “Order of the British Empire” – a traditional honour presented to people who have achieved worthy things in the eyes of … well, the British Monarchy, under advice. It’s the beginning of a whole spectrum of honours. Next one up is the MBE – “Member of the British Empire” – and above that is the CBE – “Commander of the British Empire”. The next level of the game is a KBE – a Knighthood – which entitles the recipient to be known as “Sir”. I received a CBE some years ago.”
He added, “It doesn’t change your life very much apart from giving you some letters to put after your name in correspondence ! The award which really moves you to a different place in Society is when they make you a LORD – which entitles you (or requires you) to sit in the a House of Lords, participating in the passing of British laws and policies. So there ya go ! Who decides these things ? Well, it’s all done quietly behind closed doors by a small committee – but most awards have been lobbied for, by friends and colleagues who feel the person deserves recognition. !!! @blueprintblues says the credit for this photo is Thilo Rahn, found by @dereones. Thanks Guys ! And thanks Thilo ! Bri”
Joining Roger Taylor are fellow musicians Elton John and Olivia Newton-John.