Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

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Silver oak leaves

The Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service (or King's Commendation for Valuable Service) is a British civilian and military award that recognises meritorious service during, or in support of, operations. Commercial and test pilots have received the award in recognition of extraordinary flying during extreme conditions.

Manner of wear[edit]

Civilian ribbon bar

The holder is entitled to wear the emblem of silver oak leaves. This should be worn in a similar manner to a mention in despatches. If awarded for services in a theatre for which a campaign medal or a clasp has been granted, is worn on the ribbon of the appropriate medal. If the award is made for services out of theatre or in a theatre for which no campaign medal or clasp has been granted the emblem is to be worn directly on the coat after any medal ribbons.

Restriction on number of emblems worn: only one emblem for each category of award may be worn on any one medal ribbon.[1]

Notable recipients[edit]

It has been awarded, for example, to the co-pilot and to a flight attendant of British Airways flight 5390[2] and to test pilot Eric Brown.[3]


  1. ^ MOD, PS12 (Jan 2012). ARMY DRESS REGULATIONS (ALL RANKS) Part 13 (PDF). MOD. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "(Supplement) no. 52767". The London Gazette. 30 December 1991. p. 27. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Luke Jones (14 November 2014). "Eric 'Winkle' Brown: The man who seemed not to notice danger". BBC. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 

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