Order of the British Empire
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry in the British honours system, and its most populous, with five classes in civil and military divisions.
Queen Elizabeth II (b.1926 - d.2022) appointed J.R.R. Tolkien a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year Honours of 1 January 1972 "For services to English Literature". Tolkien received the insignia of the Order at Buckingham Palace on 28 March.
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- "SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, p. 9" dated 1 January 1972, The London Gazette (accessed 29 November 2023)
- J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 334, (dated 30 March 1972)
- "The Life of C.S. Lewis Timeline", http://www.cslewis.org (accessed 29 November 2023)