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Royal Victorian Order

The Royal Victorian Order is given by The Queen to people who have served her or the Monarchy in a personal way.

These may include officials of the Royal Household, family members or perhaps British Ambassadors who have helped organise a State Visit to a particular country.

The Order was founded in April 1896 by Queen Victoria as a way of rewarding personal service to her, on her own initiative rather than by ministerial recommendation.

The Order was, and is, entirely within the Sovereign's personal gift.

The anniversary of the institution of the Order is 20 June, the day of Queen Victoria's accession to the throne.

There have never been any limits on the number of appointments made. Today, people receive their award either privately from The Queen or another member of the Royal Family, or during an Investiture.

Often, after a State Visit, the Queen will invest people in the country visited before returning to the United Kingdom.

The Order is also conferred on foreigners, and it is often awarded by the Sovereign during official tours overseas.

The first foreigners to receive the Order were the Prefect of Alpes Maritimes and the Mayor of Nice, during Queen Victoria's visit to the south of France in 1896.

The Chapel of the Order is The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, a 'Royal peculiar' which for historic reasons is in the private possession of the Sovereign in his or her right as the Duke of Lancaster.

The number of members in recent years has outgrown the available space in the Savoy Chapel, so the service for those who have received awards is now held in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle every four years.

Many members of the Royal Family who have themselves received the award are present, along with the many recipients, who include servants of The Queen who have served the Monarchy for many years.




The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy


Knight/Dame Grand Cross, Knight/Dame Commander, Commander, Lieutenant and Member 





==Past Recipients:==


Amjad Adaileh

Sir William Nevill, 1st Marquess of Abergavenny

Arthur Campbell Ainger

Walter Galpin Alcock

Edwyn Alexander-Sinclair

Bertram Allen (Royal Navy officer)

David Murray Anderson

John Bernard Arbuthnot

Rear-Admiral Sir Robert Keith Arbuthnot, 4th Baronet

Nick Archer

William Armstrong, Baron Armstrong of Sanderstead

William Martin Ashley

Edward Ashmore (British Army officer)

Charles Athill

John George Stewart-Murray, 8th Duke of Atholl


Henare Te Raumoa Huatahi Balneavis

Charles Robert Broberg

Harry Blinman

Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre

Edward Denny Bacon

John Henry Frederick Bacon

Frederick Bailey (priest)

Nigel Baker

Charles Alfred Ballance

Colville Barclay (diplomat), Sir Colville Adrian de Rune Barclay

W. N. T. Beckett

Nawab Muhammad Ali Beg

Matthew Best (Royal Navy officer)

Richard Bevan (Royal Navy officer), Rear Admiral Sir Richard Hugh Loraine Bevan, KBE, CB, DSO, MVO

George Baillie-Hamilton, Lord Binning

Christopher Birdwood, 2nd Baron Birdwood, Christopher 2nd Baron Birdwood

Dermot Blundell

Alan Bourne

Algernon Boyle, Admiral Hon. Sir Algernon Douglas Edward Harry Boyle, KCB, CMG, MVO

Camilla, Queen Consort of the United Kingdom

Rodney Brazier

Reginald Bridgeman

Mike Brown (transport executive, b. 04 14 1964)

Charles Granville Bruce

Henry Bruce (Royal Navy officer)

Maj.-Gen. Charles Edward Dutton Budworth, CB CMG MVO

Rick M. Burr (Ltn. Gral. Australian Army, b. 06 02 1964)

Paul Bush (Royal Navy officer)

Alfred Butler, Alfred Butler,MVO

Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy


Bede Clifford, Sir Bede Edmund Hugh Clifford, G.C.M.G., C.B., M.V.O.

Cecil James Carroll

Francis Caldwell, Francis Caldwell Wellwood

Thomas Calley, Maj.-Gen. Thomas Charles Pleydell Calley, CB CBE MVO

John Cameron (Royal Navy officer)

Alexander Campbell (Royal Navy officer)

M. P. Castle

William Chaine, Lt. Col. William Chaine, MVO

Arthur Christian

John Yarde-Buller, 3rd Baron Churston

Martin Clayton (Head of Prints and Drawings at Widsor Castle, b. 1967)

Cyril Cobb

Arthur Collins (courtier)

Walter Norris Congreve

Robert Cooper, (British diplomat and adviser (strategist), b. 1947)

Alec Coryton

Walter Cowan

John Cowans

George Creasy

Thomas Crick

Sydney Crookshank

Eugene Cruft

Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, 4th Baronet, Vice-Adm. Sir Michael Culme-Seymour

John Cunningham (Royal Navy officer)


Charles Dare (Royal Navy officer), Admiral Sir Charles Holcombe Dare, KCMG CB MVO

Charles de Gaulle, 18th Président de la République française

Guy Dawnay (British Army officer), Guy Dawnay

Dudley de Chair

Henry Bromley Derry, Sir Henry Bromley Derry, MVO, DMus, FRCO, FLCM

Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding, GCB GCVO CMG

Edmund Rupert Drummond

Laurence Drummond

Alexander Murray, 8th Earl of Dunmore


Ian Eaves, Sir Ian Donald Dietrich Eaves, MVO, FSA

Edmund Elliot

Phillip Edwards (Royal Navy officer)

John Egerton, 4th Earl of Ellesmere

Rowland Prothero, 1st Baron Ernle

William Erskine (diplomat)

Hugh Evan-Thomas


Harold Farncomb

Michael Fawcett

Edmund Fellowes

Henry Fenwick (Liberal politician)

Sir Charles Fergusson, 7th Baronet

Mark Fisher (architect)

Peter Franklyn

John Fraser (surgeon)

William Archibald Kenneth Fraser

Sydney Fremantle

Frank Froest


John Te Herekiekie Grace

Sydney Grange

Ernest Gambart

Jack Gannon

Alfred Gilbert

Albert Goldsmid

William Goodenough

Archibald Alexander Gordon

Oliver Gordon

John Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort

Richard Graham-Vivian

Clement Greatorex

Hugh Gurney


John Hamilton (RNZAF officer)

Frederick Halahan

Geoffrey Hawkins

Herbert Heath

John Heaton-Armstrong

Edward Heaton-Ellis

Michael Hodges (Royal Navy officer)

Leonard Holbrook

Arthur Holland (British Army officer)

Vyvyan Holt

Horace Hood

Christopher Hopper

Edwin Hunt (waterman)

Thomas Hunton


Vladimir Ivir


Reginald Jackson (police officer)

Carl Jackson (organist)

Thomas Jackson (Royal Navy officer)

Weston Jarvis

Charles Johnson (Royal Navy officer)


Wilfrid Kent Hughes

Rajan Kadiragamar

Howard Kelly (Royal Navy officer)

George Keppel (British Army officer, born 1865)

Malik Umar Hayat Khan

Francis Kjeldsberg


Guy Francis Laking

Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 6th Marquess of Lansdowne

Philip de László

John Leach (Royal Navy officer)

Tiggy Legge-Bourke

Thomas Coke, 5th Earl of Leicester

Rambahadur Limbu

Arthur Foljambe, 2nd Earl of Liverpool

General Rt. Hon. Sir Neville Gerald Lyttelton, GCB, GCVO, PC

Gerald Lloyd-Verney

Brig-Gen Arthur Henry Orlando Lloyd, CB, CMG, MVO

Edward Loch, 2nd Baron Loch

Lionel Logue

Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th Marquess of Londonderry


William McKie (musician)

Sir Victor Mackenzie, 3rd Baronet

Donald James MacKintosh

Lt.-Col. Sir Eric Charles William Mackenzie Penn, GCVO

Alison MacMillan

John Malcolmson

Stella Marks

Richard Marsh (horseman)

George Martin (organist)

Tim Massy-Beresford

Stanley McArdle

Christopher McCreery

Harry Bell Measures

Bobby Milburn

Edward Montagu-Stuart-Wortley

Thomas Spring Rice, 3rd Baron Monteagle of Brandon

Chris Moran

Bill Mott (British Army soldier)

Horace Charles Mules

Ririd Myddelton


Richard Napier LUCE, Baron Luce

Trevylyan Napier

John Harper Narbeth

Sir William Nevill, 1st Marquess of Abergavenny

Douglas Nicholson

Sydney Nicholson

Benedict Nicolson

Alan Percy, 8th Duke of Northumberland

George Colborne Nugent

Alfred Young Nutt


Henry Oliver

Robin Ord-Smith

Charles Ottley

Esmond Ovey


Tony Parr

Godfrey Paine

Stewart Parvin

James Patrick (British Army officer)

William Payne-Gallwey (cricketer)

Guy Dawnay

Charles Alfred Payton

Richard Peirse (Royal Navy officer)

Commander Loftus Edward Peyton-Jones CVO DSO MBE DSC

J. Greg Peters

Lord Charles Petty-Fitzmaurice

Richard Phillimore

Wyndham Portal, 1st Viscount Portal

Mervyn Wingfield, 8th Viscount Powerscourt


Patrick Quinn (Metropolitan Police officer)

John Qvale


Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay, KCB, KBE, MVO

Monty Roberts

Ganga Ram

Bertram Ramsay

Chief Joseph Kosoniola Randle, MVO MBE

Robert Rennie

Charles Gordon-Lennox, 8th Duke of Richmond

Elizabeth Roads

Edward Murray Colston, 2nd Baron Roundway

Henry Innes-Ker, 8th Duke of Roxburghe

William Ruck-Keene

Harold Ruggles-Brise

Audrey Russell


Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan

Larry Siegert

Ingvald M. Smith-Kielland Sr.

Johan Søhr

R. J. D. "Samaki" Salmon

Arthur Sassoon

Reuben David Sassoon

Robert Scott-Kerr

Debra Searle

David Sellar

Arthur Sheppard

Percy Sherwood (police officer)

Roger Short

Frank Keith Simmons

Ram Singh (architect)

Frederick Duleep Singh

Bruce Skinner

Aubrey Smith (Royal Navy officer)

Clement Smith (priest)

Emanuel Snowman

John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer

Dougie Squires

Richard Stapleton-Cotton

Christopher Steel (diplomat)

Sam Steele

James Stuart, 1st Viscount Stuart of Findhorn

Charles Harbord, 6th Baron Suffield


Campbell Tait

Godfrey Talbot

Charles Tegart

William Tennant (Royal Navy officer)

David V. Thomas

Crispin Charles Cervantes TICKELL, Sir, GCMG, KCVO

John Alexander Tilleard

Wilfred Tomkinson

George Napier Tomlin

Lady Juliet Townsend LVO, DCVO

Ernest Troubridge

Brian Trubshaw

Robert Turnbull (railway manager)

Philip Geoffrey Twining

Leonard Francis Tyrwhitt


Henri, 8th Duke d'Ursel



Shirley Paget, Marchioness of Anglesey, DBE, LVO

Robert Vansittart, 1st Baron Vansittart

Tudor Vaughan


Lloyd White (diplomat)

Richard Gordon Wakeford

William Walker (diver)

Edward Wickham

Robert Joseph Willan

William Willett (Royal Navy officer)

Legh Winser

Joseph Wood (schoolmaster)

Henry Woods (British Army officer)

Guy Wyndham



Sir Alban Young, 9th Baronet

John Reginald Lopes Yarde-Buller, 3rd Baron Churston


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