THERE have been calls to change a word in the titles given to people receiving honours.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours, which recognise the work of people in the UK, have recently been announced. Individuals can be given different titles after their name, like MBE, CBE or OBE.
The ‘BE’ in all of these stands for ‘British Empire’, in reference to the country’s colonial past, when Britain occupied other countries around the globe, such as India and Kenya.
Some people, including those who have received honours in the past, want the ‘E’ to be changed from ‘Empire’ to ‘Excellence’ instead.
Some of those who received honours were born in countries that were taken over by the British Empire many years ago. They don’t think a positive award should be named after something which caused harm and trauma to lots of people.
What do you think?