What Does a Blue Ribbon Mean on Awards and How Did the Symbol For Achievement Originate?

Blue was the favorite colour of England’s King Edward III, who in 1348 created the highest Royal Order of the Knights of the Garter.

Its membership was and is limited to the king and princes of England as well as a very few knights of distinguished service.

The insignia of the Royal Order is a blue garter, and because of this, blue ribbons have come to be a reward for any supreme achievement.

They are also commonly recognized as a symbol of champions.

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