Royal Victorian Order

British order of chivalry established 1896 / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Royal Victorian Order (French: Ordre royal de Victoria)[lower-alpha 1] is a dynastic order of knighthood established in 1896 by Queen Victoria. It recognises distinguished personal service to the British monarch,[1] Canadian monarch,[2][3][4][5][6] Australian monarch,[7] or New Zealand monarch,[8] members of the monarch's family, or to any viceroy or senior representative of the monarch.[9][10] The present monarch, King Charles III, is the sovereign of the order. The order's motto is Victoria. The order's official day is 20 June.[lower-alpha 2] The order's chapel is the Savoy Chapel in London.

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Royal Victorian Order
Breast star of Knights/Dames Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Awarded by Charles III
TypeDynastic order
Established21 April 1896
Awarded forPersonal service to the Sovereign
StatusCurrently constituted
SovereignCharles III
Grand MasterAnne, Princess Royal
ChancellorThe Lord Parker of Minsmere
  • Knight/Dame Grand Cross (GCVO)
  • Knight/Dame Commander (KCVO/DCVO)
  • Commander (CVO)
  • Lieutenant (LVO)
  • Member (MVO)
First induction1896
Next (higher)Dependent on state
Next (lower)Dependent on state
Ribbon of an ordinary member of the order
Ribbon of an honorary member of the order


There is no limit on the number of individuals honoured at any grade.[1] Admission is at the sole discretion of the monarch.[1] Each of the order's five grades represent different levels of service, as does the medal, which has three levels of service. While all those honoured may use the prescribed styles of the order – the top two grades grant titles of knighthood, and all grades accord distinct post-nominal letters – the Royal Victorian Order's precedence amongst other honours differs from realm to realm and admission to some grades may be barred to citizens of those realms by government policy.