Somebody who has the initials CBE next to them is a Commander in The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
. It is awarded to for public service
or other distinctions.
The Original Badge was a cross patonce of silver-gilt. The arms were pearl-grey and was surmounted by an Imperial Crown. The centre, circular and gold, showed Britannia, holding a trident and seated beside a shield bearing the national flag. The centre was surrounded by a circular band, enamelled crimson and bearing the motto FOR GOD AND THE EMPIRE in gold. This was changed in 1937, the Britannia was removed and replaced with King George V and Queen Mary.
Attached to the badge was a purple ribbon (1.5" wide), the military version had a narrow strip of scarlet, but this changed in 1937, and now the ribbon is rose-pink with pearl-grey edges, the military version has a pearl-grey strip through the centre.