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Update titles in the honours system to recognise the Commonwealth of Nations.

Submitted on Friday 18th November 2022

Rejected on Wednesday 23rd November 2022

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

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Update titles in the honours system to recognise the Commonwealth of Nations.

Petition Details

I should like the Government to update the title of The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire to reflect the fact the empire is no more. I should like to see it replaced with The Most Excellent Order Of The Commonwealth Of Nations which is both current, inclusive and better reflects society.

Additional Information

My father came from the former colony of Jamaica and fought for the UK in WW1. However, the truth is my ancestors were slaves under the British Empire, that is how they got to Jamaica. Although I firmly believe a nation should honour its brightest and best, at present, for a person of colour offered an honour including 'empire' in its title, there is always cause for reflection. Let us celebrate and name the Commonwealth, placing our honours firmly within our modern, inclusive society.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

There's already a petition about this issue. We cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue.

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