5 Capitalization

5.9 Honours and awards

The full formal names of orders of chivalry, state awards, medals, degrees, prizes, and the like are usually capitalized, as are (in most styles) the ranks and grades of award:

the George Cross
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Bachelor of Music
Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dancing
Fellow of the Royal Society
Nobel Prize for Physics
the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture


an Olympic gold medal

Honours relating to a non-English-speaking country usually appear with an initial capital but with all other words in lower case; ranks may be translated or given in the original language, but in either case are best set lower case:

grand officer/grand officier of the Légion dʼhonneur

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