Prince Harry presents the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with the Order of the Companion of Honour at the offices of The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on the first day of his visit to South Africa....Read full article and access pictures here
'The Order of the Companions of Honour is an order of the Commonwealth realms. It was founded in June 1917 by King George Vas a reward for outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry, and religion. It is sometimes regarded as the junior order to the Order of Merit.
The order consists of the Sovereign plus no more than 65 members. Additionally, foreigners from outside the realms may be added as honorary members. Membership confers no title or precedence, but those inducted into this one-class order are entitled to use thepost-nominal letters CH. Appointments can be made on the advice of Commonwealth realm prime ministers. For Canadians, the advice to the Sovereign can come from a variety of officials.
The insignia of the order is in the form of an oval medallion, surmounted by an imperial crown, and with a rectangular panel within, depicting on it an oak tree, a shield with the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom hanging from one branch, and, on the left, a mountedknight in armour. The insignia's blue border bears in gold letters the motto IN ACTION FAITHFUL AND IN HONOUR CLEAR,'
Peace be with you