Medal Rules in the UK

These are the rules for the members of the Royal British Legion, they make a lot more sense than the rules we have here in Canada. You will note the British Legion does not condone the wearing of unofficial medals,  medals not approved by the Monarchww2medals

The British Legion takes a pragmatic view, and their Ceremonial Rules state:

‘The official rules for wearing medals allow only official awards to be worn. Unofficial purchased medals and foreign medals which do not have the Sovereign’s permission to be worn are not allowed. Standard Bearers, Parade Marshals and other officials on Legion duty are bound by this ruling and unofficial medals must not be worn when on Legion duty. The medals awarded to a deceased Service/ex-Service person may be worn on the right breast by a near relative (mother, father, sister, brother, wife, husband, daughter and son). Not more than one group should be worn by any individual’.

No action will be taken officially if anyone wears a relation’s medals. In the Legion, this is banned for:

  • Standard Bearers
  • parade officials, and
  • as stated above for other members.

Unofficial Medals

Unofficial medals are those not awarded by, or approved for wear by, the Sovereign. Legion officials (particularly including Standard Bearers and Parade Marshals) should not wear them, and the Legion’s position is to discourage the practice in general, as it detracts from the importance of official medals worn with the Queen’s permission.150 medalTomEagles2

Note the chest full of right breast unofficial medals worn by Tom Eagles.(Not approved by Queen). Yet he tells us if a widow wears her late husbands war medals it dilutes the value of the medals. Is it only me who sees how ridiculous this statement is??????

God Bless and keep reading


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Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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One Response to Medal Rules in the UK

  1. Neville PEARSON says:

    Hi Ben, In total agreement with you. Stupidity is catching and this is why I do not support my local legion by attending their ceremonies. I will always respect Remembrance Day but that is the limit of my participation in Branch affairs.

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