Honours and Awards

Antigua and Barbuda’s honours system recognises the outstanding service and contributions of Antiguans. Officially authorised by Her Majesty the Queen, the Governor General presents honours and awards on her behalf to thank people for their contributions to Antigua and Barbuda.

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Order of the Nation

The Most Distinguished Order of the Nation was established in 1987 and is the second order of our nation. It recognises distinguished and outstanding service to Antigua and Barbuda, the Caricom region or the international community.

It and originally known as the Order of Antigua and Barbuda. The motto of the Order is ‘True, Brave and Free.’

The Order consists of four currently awarded grades of membership, namely:

I. Knights and Dames Grand Collar (KGN)

II. Knights and Dames Grand Cross (KGCN/DGCN)

III. Knights and Dames Commander (KCN/DCN)

IV. Commanders (CN)

Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda and of other countries may be appointed to the Order of the Nation.

Knights and Dames Grand Collar, Knights and Dames Grand Cross, and Knights and Dames Commander of the Order, who were citizens of Antigua and Barbuda when they were appointed, are entitled to use the title ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’, and their wives may use the title

‘Lady’ in front of their husband’s surname. All members may use post-nominals after their names.

Order of the National Hero

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The Most Exalted Order of the National Hero was established in 1994 and is the foremost order of our nation. It recognises pre-eminently distinguished service to Antigua and Barbuda or to humanity at large. The motto of the Order is ‘Answering the Call of Duty.’

The Order consists of a single grade of membership, namely Knights and Dames Companion (KNH/DNH).

There are currently two living companions of the Order:

  • Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, KNH, KCN, OBE

  • Sir Lester Bryant Bird, KNH

There are four deceased companions of the Order:

  • The Right Honourable Sir Vere Cornwall Bird Sr, KNH

  • Kwaku Takyi (Prince Klaas), KNH

  • Dame Nellie Robinson, DNH

  • Sir George Herbert Walter, KNH

Only citizens of Antigua and Barbuda may be appointed to the Order of the National Hero. It is limited to three living companions at any one time.

Knights and Dames Companion of the Order are entitled to use the title ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’, and their wives may use the title ‘Lady’ in front of their husband’s surname. Companions may use post-nominals after their names.

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Order of Princely Heritage

The Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage was established in 1998 is the fourth order of our nation. It recognises invaluable service to Antigua and Barbuda, the Caricom region or the international community in any field of heritage and other cultural endeavours. The motto of the Order is ‘Safeguarding our Heritage.’

The Order consists of five grades of membership, namely:

I. Grand Commanders (GCH)

II. Grand Officers (GOH)

III. Commanders (CH)

IV. Officers (OH)

V. Members (MH)

Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda and of other countries may be appointed to the Order of Princely Heritage.

No titles are attached to this Order. All members may use post-nominals after their names.

Order of Merit

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The Most Illustrious Order of Merit was established in 1987 is the third order of our nation. It recognises distinguished and meritorious service to Antigua and Barbuda, the Caricom region or the international community. The motto of the Order is ‘Sparing Nothing and Giving All.’

The Order consists of five grades of membership, namely:

I. Grand Commanders (GCM)

II. Grand Officers (GOM)

III. Commanders (CM)

IV. Officers (OM)

V. Members (MM)

Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda and of other countries may be appointed to the Order of Merit.

No titles are attached to this Order. All members may use post-nominals after their names.:

Administration of Honours

The honours system is administered by the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, as Grand Master of the above-mentioned Orders, with the assistance of the Chancery of the Orders and Decorations of Antigua and Barbuda.

Nominations, which may be submitted at any point during the year, are usually considered in the autumn by the National Honours Committee, which consists of the following members:

  • An individual nominated by the Governor-General

  • Two members of the Senate

  • Four members of the House of Representatives

Nominations may be submitted to the National Honours Committee at any time by requesting a form from the Governor-General’s office. Appointments to a national honour are made by the Governor-General on the advice of the Prime Minister and the National Honours Committee. National honours are normally announced by the Governor-General on Independence Day.

Investitures are organised by the Chancery and take place at Government House.