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An additional column with numbers of holders?
Given the huge disparity in numbers of individuals today who have been awarded different honors, I think it would be useful to add an additional column to the "Current orders of chivalry" and "Decorations" tables to reflect how many living members there are in each class. For example, the Order of the Garter is limited to 24 full members, whereas there are currently more than 100,000 members of the Order of the British Empire. Quantifying the members would help give a sense of their relative size and exclusivity. Bricology (talk) 19:15, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
Nice idea, but it could be difficult to get precise figures. Members of the larger orders are not replaced on a like for like basis (and change all the time) and for the lower classes the Statutes do not limit the total number of officers/members, although there is a limit on the number of appointments that may be made in any one year. If you've got a reliable source which gives indicative total figures then by all means insert the column and add the data. Wiki-Ed (talk) 20:37, 12 May 2013 (UTC)