Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Honors Received & Given during State Visits to/from the UK (2010-Present)

Honors are typically exchanged during state visits. When honors are not exchanged it is usually because that country usually does not give or accept honors. 
  • Order of Garter (Green) - UK's highest Order of Chilvery, usually only given to European Monarchs (& a select few monarchs outside of Europe)
  • Order of Bath (Pink) - The most common order given to Foreign Heads of State. 
  • Royal Victorian Order (Blue) - The lowest of the 3 UK honors on this list. This honor is given for service to the British Monarchy. 
  • Foreign Honors (Various) - Are colored to correspond to the UK honors: Green extra special, rarely given; Pink most common for Heads of State; Blue other. 
  • * (Yellow)- had previously received a top honor from the country. (And as a result, there is likely no honor to give).
  • (Colors are used to denote the different honors on the chart. They do not correspond to the color of the honor's sash, ribbon, etc. )

King Charles's Reign 
Honor King
Honor Other
Head of State
Head of State
GermanyOrder of Merit of the
Federal Republic of Germany 
Order of BathPresident Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Incoming 2022South AfricaOrder of BathPresident Cyril Ramaphosa

Queen Elizabeth's Reign 

Some countries (USA, Ireland, etc) do not give or receive foreign honors for their head of State, which is why none was given. 

Honor Other
Head of State
Head of State
Incoming 2019 USA--President Donald Trump
Incoming 2018Netherlands*Order of GarterKing Willem Alexander
Incoming 2017Spain*King Felipe
Incoming 2016Colombia*Order of BathPresident Juan Santos
Incoming 2015China--President Xi Jinping
Outgoing 2015Germany*Order of BathPresident Joachim Gauck
Incoming 2015Mexico*President Enrique Peña Nieto
Incoming 2014Singapore*President Tony Tan
Outgoing 2014France*President François  Hollande
Incoming 2014Ireland--President Michael D. Higgins
Incoming 2013South Korea*Order of BathPresident François Hollande
Incoming 2013UAE**Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Incoming 2012Kuwait*Order of BathEmir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber
Incoming 2012Indonesia*President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Incoming 2011Turkey**President Abdullah Gül
Incoming 2011USA--President Barack Obama
Outgoing 2011Ireland--President McAleese
Outgoing 2010Oman*Royal Victorian
Sultan Haitham bin Tariq
Outgoing 2010UAEOrder of
Order of BathSheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Incoming 2010Qatar*Emir Hamad bin Khalifa
Al Thani
Incoming 2010South Africa*President Jacob Zuma

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