Australia drops knights and dames

Australia drops knights and dames

New Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Monday that knights and dames would no longer form part of the nation’s honors system.

“Awards in the Order of Australia are an important way of [honoring] the achievements and service of many Australians, including the unsung heroes who might not otherwise be [recognized] outside their local communities,” the statement read. “The Cabinet recently considered the Order of Australia, in this its 40th year, and agreed that Knights and Dames are not appropriate in our modern [honors] system.”

Queen Elizabeth signed off on the decision, Turnbull said. Read more

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