Queen’s legendary guitarist Brian May has posted a new photo of himself with drummer Roger Taylor on Instagram and wrote a really long letter to his long-time friend as usual.

In the letter, Brian called Roger as ‘OBE’ and revealed the meaning behind that. He also mentioned the British Monarchy by saying a lot of things. Here’s what he wrote:

“Congratulations Rog OBE!!! 💥💥💥💥 What does OBE mean? Well, for all you non-Brits, let me explain. The letters stand for “Order of the British Empire” – a traditional honor presented to people who have achieved worthy things in the eyes of … well, the British Monarchy, under advice. It’s the beginning of a whole spectrum of honors.

Next one up is the MBE – “Member of the British Empire” – and above that is the CBE – “Commander of the British Empire”. The next level of the game is a KBE – a Knighthood – which entitles the recipient to be known as “Sir”. I received a KBE some years ago. It doesn’t change your life very much apart from giving you some letters to put after your name in correspondence!

The award which really moves you to a different place in Society is when they make you a LORD – which entitles you (or requires you) to sit in the House of Lords, participating in the passing of British laws and policies.

So there ya go! Who decides these things? Well, it’s all done quietly behind closed doors by a small committee – but most awards have been lobbied for, by friends and colleagues who feel the person deserves recognition. !!! @blueprintblues says the credit for this photo is Thilo Rahn, found by @dereones. Thanks, guys! And thanks Thilo! Bri”

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Congratulations Rog OBE !!! 💥💥💥💥 What does OBE mean ? Well, for all you non-Brits, let me explain. The letters stand for “Order of the British Empire” – a traditional honour presented to people who have achieved worthy things in the eyes of … well, the British Monarchy, under advice. It’s the beginning of a whole spectrum of honours. Next one up is the MBE – “Member of the British Empire” – and above that is the CBE – “Commander of the British Empire”. The next level of the game is a KBE – a Knighthood – which entitles the recipient to be known as “Sir”. I received a CBE some years ago. It doesn’t change your life very much apart from giving you some letters to put after your name in correspondence ! The award which really moves you to a different place in Society is when they make you a LORD – which entitles you (or requires you) to sit in the a House of Lords, participating in the passing of British laws and policies. So there ya go ! Who decides these things ? Well, it’s all done quietly behind closed doors by a small committee – but most awards have been lobbied for, by friends and colleagues who feel the person deserves recognition. !!! @blueprintblues says the credit for this photo is Thilo Rahn, found by @dereones. Thanks Guys ! And thanks Thilo ! Bri

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