The British honours system is a means of rewarding individuals' personal bravery, achievement, or service to the
United Kingdom and the
British Overseas Territories. The system consists of three types of award: honours, decorations and medals:
Honours are used to recognise merit in terms of achievement and service.
Decorations tend to be used to recognise specific deeds.
Medals are used to recognise service on a particular operation or in a specific theatre, long and/or valuable service and/or good conduct.
Appointments to the various orders and awards of other honours are usually published in the