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The Royal Victorian Order (French: Ordre royal de Victoria) is a dynastic order of knighthood established in 1896 by Queen Victoria. It recognises distinguished personal service to the British monarch, Canadian monarch, Australian monarch, or New Zealand monarch, members of the monarch's family, or to any viceroy or senior representative of the monarch. 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. The order's chapel is the Savoy Chapel in London.
|Royal Victorian Order |
|Awarded by Charles III|
|Established||21 April 1896|
|Awarded for||Personal service to the Sovereign|
|Grand Master||Anne, Princess Royal|
|Chancellor||The Lord Parker of Minsmere|
|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. Admission is at the sole discretion of the monarch. 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.