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Order of the Indian Empire

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  • John 'Jack' de la Hay Gordon, CSI, CIE, OBE, MC (1887 - 1959)
    John de la Hay Gordon (30 March 1887 - 22 December 1959) was a British army officer, administrator and diplomat who served as Resident to the Mysore Kingdom from 1937 to 1942 and Chief Commissioner of ...
  • Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir George Frederick Stanley (1872 - 1938)
    Lieutenant Colonel Sir George Frederick Stanley GCSI GCIE CMG (14 October 1872 – 1 July 1938) was a British soldier and Conservative Party politician who served as a member of the UK Parliament for P...
  • Field Marshal Sir George Stuart White, VC, GCMG, GCVO (1835 - 1912)
    ) Field Marshal Sir George Stuart White VC, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, GCVO, (6 July 1835[1] – 24 June 1912) was an officer of the British Army and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and mo...
  • Sir Eyre Gordon, CIE CSI Kt (1884 - 1972)
    Birth registration (birth registered as John Adam Eyre Gordon, but there is a note added that the baptismal name was Eyre Gordon): Sir Eyre Gordon was born on 28 February 1884, the son of Alexander H...

The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire is an order of chivalry founded by Queen Victoria in 1878. The Order includes members of three classes:

  • Knight Grand Commander (GCIE)
  • Knight Commander (KCIE)
  • Companion (CIE)

No appointments have been made since 1947, the year of the Partition of India. With the death of the last surviving knight, the Maharaja of Dhrangadhra, the order became dormant in 2010.

The motto of the Order is Imperatricis auspiciis, (Latin for "Under the auspices of the Empress"), a reference to Queen Victoria, the first Empress of India. The Order is the junior British order of chivalry associated with the British Indian Empire; the senior one is The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India.